A Journey South

With Chris Watson

Experience a sound journey to the Antarctic and the South Pole, with sound recordist and musician Chris Watson. This audiovisual tour includes recordings made during the BBC series Frozen Planet – the sounds of glaciers calving, Adelie penguins, orcas hunting, and Weddell seals singing under the sea ice – and concludes at the South Pole, at the location of Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated journey in 1912. The sound journey is accompanied by narration from Chris and images to illustrate the locations.

Watson was a founding member of the influential Sheffield based experimental music group Cabaret Voltaire during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. Since then he has developed a particular and passionate interest in recording the wildlife sounds of animals and habitats from around the world. As a freelance composer and sound recordist Watson specialises in creating spatial sound installations which feature a strong sense and spirit of place.

His television work includes many programmes in the David Attenborough ‘Life’ series including ‘The Life of Birds’ which won a BAFTA Award for ‘Best Factual Sound’ in 1996, and as the location sound recordist for the BBC series ‘Frozen Planet’ which also won a BAFTA Award for ‘Best Factual Sound’ (2012).

Watson has recorded and featured in many BBC Radio 4 and World Service productions including ‘The Wire’ which won him the Broadcasting Press Guild’s Broadcaster of The Year Award (2012). His installations have been commissioned by international galleries and festivals such as Sheffield Millennium Gallery, Opera North in Leeds, The National Gallery in London, The Louvre in Paris, the Aichi Triennial in Japan, and Unsound in Kraków.

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Monday 21 October
7.30pm–8.30pm
Venue: The Forum, Auditorium
Cost: £8
Age: 7+

Tickets will go off sale at 7pm the night before the event. For events at The Forum and Sir Isaac Newton, any remaining tickets will be available for sale on the day of the event at our ticket desk in the Atrium. For events at other venues, remaining tickets will be available to purchase, cash only, on the door 30 mins before the start time.