Back to the Ocean

16-Channel Composition/ 2022
Presented at EiS Immersive Audio Conference

Back to the Ocean is a 16-channel spatial sound composition exploring the bodily and spiritual connection with the ocean. The work is inspired by a near-death-experience (NDE) of drowning in the open water of Saipan. Upon crossing the borderline of losing consciousness, an ineffable sensation of belonging and boundaryless emerged to the artist as if going back to the mother’s womb.

The sonic narrative is structured into three stages: immersion, deconstruction, and reformation. The first part presents a lush underwater odyssey, while the second deconstructs the body and memories through granulated sounds, followed by a bubbling sonic bath. The third stage presents the ineffable feeling of boundarylessness and being a fetus. The materials used in the composition are predominantly recordings of water and the human body, captured with hydrophone, contact microphone, and condenser microphone.