Stories in the Sand: An Audio Art Walk Along Narragansett Beach
AudioWinds #2 is an audio enhanced walk along Narragansett Beach that reveals some of the conversations, sounds and music that might have been heard over the last one hundred and thirty years.
From conversations about tearing down the village at Narragansett, to romantic yearnings, to conversations about the Depression, these snapshots from our times are joined with the music of the beach’s history heard through transistor radios, boom boxes and seaside orchestras.
Idea, script, production: Marc Levitt
Sound engineer, editor and project advisor: James Moses
Curator: Viera Levitt
AudioWinds # 1 is a multi-channel orchestration of sounds that might have been heard at this location over the last few centuries, from before contact between local indigenous people and European settlers to the present time.
The sounds have been taken from their historical context and used as ‘notes’ in this orchestration. This spot has, at various points, served as the site of a Narragansett Indian settlement; a homestead to settlers as they arrived from Europe; a place with ties to slave-based labor; a location for stables, factories, and rooming houses; and the center of Providence’s commercial district.
In AudioWinds #1 you will imagine that the sounds of the last 500 years blowing around like leaves in the wind and haphazardly and consciously combining in ways that are surprising, lyrical, humorous, boring and shocking.