"Food for Thought"

 

2014-15 Food for Thought Schedule

Date:
November 21: John Bullitt - Earthquakes, Crickets and Tides
[This talk is co-sponsored with the Schoodic Institute]

December - no program

January 23, 2015 - Liam Riordan - "Does the American Revolution Look Different from the Penobscot River?"

Location: Birch Bay Village Inn

Time: Lunch 11:30, $11 each // Lecture noon - 1:00
Reservations required - call the ASC office 288-9500, or email: learn@acadiaseniorcollege.org

Description:

John Bullitt to speak on:

Earthquakes, Crickets and Tides: Exploring the Hidden Sounds of Nature

Co-sponsored with Schoodic Institute

 

Date: Friday, November 21, 2014

Location: Birch Bay Village Inn

Time: Lunch 11:30, $11 each // Lecture noon - 1:00
Reservations required - call the ASC office 288-9500, or email: learn@acadiaseniorcollege.org

Description:
Our world is filled with sound, yet our ears are tuned to respond to only a tiny sliver in the vast ocean of acoustic vibration that surrounds us all. An earthquake half a world away sends lumbering vibrations that ripple under our feet, unfelt and unheard. Common insects buzz and sing in ways we seldom hear. Even the lowly garden snail makes sounds that are scarcely audible to us.

Meanwhile, the gravitational pull of the Moon on the Earth sends powerful vibrations that traverse the entire planet twice each day. Using specialized recording and audio processing methods that manipulate scales of time and space, sound artist JT Bullitt explores ways to bring these hidden sources of sound into our awareness.

In this talk and demonstration we will listen to numerous examples of these sounds and investigate what they might teach us about ourselves and our relationship to the world.

After an early career in geophysics (UC Berkeley and MIT), sound artist JT Bullitt turned to art when he could no longer find satisfactory answers to his questions about waves, motion, change and time using the language of science. Since then he has been exploring the invisible fields of energy and vibration that permeate our outer and inner worlds, using sound (natural field recordings and audification of infrasonic geophysical processes), mark-making and alteration of found objects. He lives in Steuben, Maine.