Foul Areas is a series of pieces created and performed by Jetsam in response to the coastal landscapes of the UK.
Through the transformation of nautical depth soundings of wrecks and other foul grounds into specific sonic frequencies, Jetsam have created a series of tunings and modes which are site-specific to each coastal location where the data was collected. These include the Severn Estuary (Kilve) off the coast of Minehead in Somerset and Sea Palling in North Norfolk. Combining the tunings with seismic data from the areas, Jetsam have created ‘landscape scores’, which form the structural basis of the work.
Drawing on influences including John Luther Adams (The Place Where You Go To Listen), Pauline Oliveros (Sonic Meditations), Eliane Radigue (Occam Ocean) and R Murray Schafer (The Tuning of the World), Jetsam weave together re-tuned cellos, guitar and bass with microtonal flutes, field recordings and electronics in an exploration of the maritime history of these islands and our relationship to the sea that surrounds us.