Across the Sonic Border (Variations on 50hz)

By Amina Abbas-Nazari

The UK has started to use speech analysis as a key assessment for gaining access to the country. In addition, electrical network frequency analysis is used in law, forensics and other aspects of culture to mark or conceptualise time, because of it’s ability to timestamp recordings. People have become hyper-aware of its hum.

English is still the fundamental language but people have reacted to this situation by forming their own speech communities, creating sonic borders and allowing them distinct ways of life. Populations have diversified their language not in terms of words but in terms of sound, due to the tone (on and around 50hz = F Sharp) of the pervasive electrical hum.

Here we journey from Dover, where the hum is most potent, to a rural Scottish island community who live without any perceivable interference.

Amina Abbas-Nazari, Anna Lorenz, Ellie Bates, Hanna Rasmuson, James Sunderland, Kate Evans, Maja Rivic, Morley College Chamber Choir, Naama Schendar, Nana Dawson, Nick Coleman, Rodrigo Lebrun, Sarah Kent, Silje Gjertsen, Tom Pearson, Zoe South.

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