'Years and years, coral skeletons had been washed up ashore on this Caribbean island. The luscious but artificially applied layer of sand the tourists expect on these beaches actually conceals ages of sediments of the organisms.

This was its natural course; coral grows and dies, an occasionally storm breaks and washes the coral away, but today, this cycle is under pressure because of the presence of the inhabitants and the tourists of the island and their economic demand. This results in a conflict in between ecology and economy with a predictable outcome. The faulty sewerage system, the chemical dumpings and leakages of the huge and unavoidable refinery and other industries cause a cascading decrease of the coral population.

The sounds, being broadcasted now, addresses this ecological imbalance. What you hear is the resonance of the cavities in found coral skeletons. With acoustic technology an analysis is conducted of these holes and made audible by added noise. In this case, the noise was being recorded from the air-conditioning systems of shopping malls, fast food restaurants and shops. The collective terminology of all unwanted and bothering sounds is ‘noise’. Paradoxically, noise is not only a by-effect of a present-day society with all its consumer-centered facilities. Noise is the condition of its mere existence with its traffic, communication technology, industry, agriculture and machines. No economy without noise.

This sound composition is the music of the economy and the resonances of the coral'

In cooperation with Eline Kersten.

FM radio, Willemstad, Curaçao, stereo 42'19" 2019. 'Coral Radio' found a follow up in 'Coral Garden', a live video / audio collage at Experimental Intermedia, NY. Footage by Omar Kuwas. Thank you: Mondriaan Fund, IBB, Phill Niblock and Katherine Liberovskaya.

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Coral Radio
FM band, Willemstad, Curaçao (2019)
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