New England Phonographers Union


THURSDAY JUNE 21, 2012 at 8PM

The New England Phonographers Union, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority (MWRA) and Mobius, announces a special summer solstice, four-channel, outdoor concert on Thursday, June 21st at 8pm at Nut Island Park. Located in Quincy, the park is adjacent to the MWRA headworks facility there, and the concert is free and open to the public. Performing for the Phonographers will be Rick Breault, Mike Bullock, Benjamin Cleaves, Ernst Karel, and Jed Speare.

Since their concert last July at Deer Island, the New England Phonographers have continued their sonic explorations of the MWRA’s waste water treatment and pumping facilities throughout the metropolitan area. The solstice concert will feature recordings of five massive “headworks” stations located at Deer Island, Nut Island, Chelsea Creek, Columbus Park in South Boston, and Ward St., Boston, that pump raw sewage to the treatment plant at Deer Island..

The New England Phonographers Union performs their original recordings in a layered, ensemble context with the audience and performers situated within a four-channel sound system and speaker array. The recordings are played without any effects, processing, or treatments. For more information about the New England Phonographers Union, visit their website at

Last April, videographer Scott LaPierre won an Edward R. Murrow journalism award for his video, “The Sounds of Sewage,” about the New England Phonographers Union Deer Island concert. The video can be viewed at:…

About Nut Island: The Nut Island Headworks, (a sewage screening facility), went into service in summer, 1998. At the headworks, sewage passes through screens and grit chambers that remove large objects, sand and gravel. After screening, the sewage is conveyed through the Inter-Island Tunnel to Deer Island, where it undergoes primary and secondary treatment. This facility serves 21 southern sewer system communities.

The old Nut Island primary plant, which had been in service since 1952, has been demolished, ending more than 100 years of wastewater discharges to the shallow waters of Quincy Bay.

The area around the headworks has been landscaped for use as a public park.

For more information, contact Jed Speare at or by phone – 617 426 7686.

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