Kent Gustafson Audio SE 2011


The Bloop and other sounds of the ocean

As an artstudent I studied painting and drawing. After about fifteen years I found that my work was lacking something. That´s why I at the end of the 90:s started to experiment with sound. It began with simple recordings I did with a minidisc and a portastudio. The more involved I got into sound the more fascinated I became. My early works were influenced by the swedish pioneers from the 60:s like Åke Hodell and Öyvind Fahlström. Today I do soundscapes meant to be played in public spaces, both indoors and outdoors. For example in parkinggarage, tunnels, supermarkets, libraries, foyers, waitingrooms etc.

For PNEM Souns Art Festival 2011 kent will show The Bloop and other sounds of the ocean. This is a part of an exhibition that was produced by the operahouse Norrlandsoperan in Umeå, Sweden. The basic structure of the piece is built on a sound that is named the Bloop. This sound was registrered outside the coast of Chile in 1997. This is from an article on

”LONDON, England — Scientists have revealed a mysterious recording that they say could be the sound of a giant beast lurking in the depths of the ocean.Researchers have nicknamed the strange unidentified sound picked up by undersea microphones “Bloop.”While it bears the varying frequency hallmark of marine animals, it is far more powerful than the calls made by any creature known on Earth, Britain’s New Scientist reported on Thursday.It is too big for a whale and one theory is that it is a deep sea monster, possibly a many-tentacled giant squid.”