New England Phonographers Union

Sewage Treatment Plant concert at Studio Soto, Fort Point, Boston

Saturday, September 10, 2011 8pm
(the new) STUDIO SOTO
10 Channel Center St.
Fort Point, Boston
by MBTA: Studio Soto is a short walk from Broadway Station, or a slightly longer but very pleasant walk over the Summer St. bridge from South Station, on the Red Line
suggested donation $10

Following their four-channel concert on World Listening Day last July in the Reception Hall and historic former Pump Station at the Deer Island Sewage Treatment Plant, Boston Harbor, the New England Phonographers Union bring their recordings to the mainland to present to a Boston audience for an immersive concert in a large former industrial space in Fort Point currently being used by Studio Soto.

Their recordings were made on multiple days in, on, under, and around the Sewage Treatment Plant itself (on which see this entry in CLUI’s Land Use Database and the MWRA’s information page) by the Phonographers Union: for this project Rick Breault, Mike Bullock, Ernst Karel, Kara Oehler, and Jed Speare. In live performance, the sounds are re-presented, completely unprocessed but recombined improvisationally, through a four-channel array where each side of the square is a stereo field, resulting in a peculiar kind of quadruple-stereo spatialization for the audience (and performers) sited within that array.

For the original event, Scott LaPierre did a full video story for the Boston Globe, including sounds and images from the Sewage Treatment Plant, interviews with the phonographers and with Massachusetts Water and Resources Authority officials on-site, and footage from the concert:

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