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Confluences (2018) - glass, driftwood, stones, mussel shells, crab claws, bird bones, feathers, and kelp; field recordings of the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge, Windansea Beach, and Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

When high tides, winter storms, and long-term El Niño-Southern Oscillation cycles converge they generate flooding and destructive seas along the coast of California. The number and intensity of these extreme high sea level events are predicted to increase as the 21st century advances and their harmful effects will be exacerbated by continued sea level rise. In Confluences, I wanted to give voice to the factors that produce extreme high sea level events, to consider vanishing coastal sites and sounds, and to digest the dire prognoses contained in scientific discussions on the subject. The impacts of such events on San Diego are also referenced, including erosion of seaside cliffs, inundation of coastal wetlands, flooding of low-lying neighborhoods, and loss of sandy beaches. Confluences was originally created as an interactive sound/sculpture installation commissioned by the La Jolla Historical Society.

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from Watershed, released January 7, 2019
Composed, performed, recorded, and produced by Cheryl E. Leonard
Mastered by Thomas Dimuzio at Gench Studios


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Cheryl E. Leonard San Francisco, California

Cheryl E. Leonard is a composer, performer and instrument builder whose works investigate sounds, structures, and objects from the natural world. Her projects often feature one-of-a-kind sculptural instruments and field recordings from remote locales. She uses microphones to explore the subtle intricacies of sounds and develops compositions that highlight these unique voices. ... more

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