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Listen: San Francisco's Soundwave Festival

Julie Caine
Listening to Music for a Changing Tide at Ocean Beach

Every two years, San Francisco’s Soundwave Festival asks artists and musicians to focus their talents -- and their ears -- on one sonic idea. This year, it’s the sound of water.

In venues all over the Bay Area, Soundwave artists have been showcasing work based on this scarce natural resource.

Credit Julie Caine
Composer Nat Evans

One of those creations happened on a foggy evening earlier this summer. A group of people walked to Ocean Beach, put headphones in their ears, and hit play -- huddled together on the sand, watching the tide roll in.

They were listening to a piece called, ‘Music for a Changing Tide,’ by Nat Evans -- a musical composition made up of field recordings of barnacles clicking at low tide, drips of water, ocean wind, sea buoys -- all mixed together with sounds created in the studio.  

Credit Julie Caine
Ocean Beach at dusk

To find out more about the Soundwave Festival, click here.  

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