Back to the Ocean

16-Channel Composition/ 2022

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 composition is structured based on the NDE to craft a sonic narrative in three stages: immersion, deconstruction, and reformation. The first part, immersion, presents a lush underwater odyssey with playful interactions between recorded materials. Then, a combination of granulated sounds performs deconstruction of the body and memories, followed by a bubbling sonic bath. In the third stage, the reformation, the work presents the ineffable feeling of boundaryless and being fetus. Materials employed for the composition are predominately recordings of water and human body, recorded with hydrophone, contact microphone, and condenser microphone.