Wave Fields: sleeping with the heartbeat of the ocean

A new sound performance invites participants to spend the night on a Gold Coast beach, and questions how incidental atmospheres complement, interrupt and augment our slumber.
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Image: Wave Fields. Photo credit: Art-Work Agency

Sleeping on the beach – for many – may be synonymous with a drunken adventure where the sound of waves punctuates an alcohol-fuelled slumber, but composer Lawrence English is going for the opposite effect in his new work, Wave Fields.

The piece is a one-off experience as part of Bleach* Festival, where participants are invited to spend a restful night sleeping at Burleigh Heads beach accompanied by English, who will perform a 10-hour durational sound piece comprised of atmospheric recordings and live instrumentation. 

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