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Crosscurrents

Listen: San Francisco's Soundwave Festival

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Julie Caine
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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.

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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.  

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Credit Julie Caine
Ocean Beach at dusk

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