My celebration of World Oceans Day this year is this sketch for Ocean Drum and electronics, with video. I spent a few weeks getting to know the 22 inch diameter drum, practising to control the scattering of the metal bearings on the skin, taking the drum to the sea to attune my ear and to absorb the ocean’s overlapping rhythms and pulsations. Back in the studio, I layered recordings of the drum being played in different ways and channelled some of the sound through electronic effects to make a musical impression of the sea.

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