The heart of a stone (2018)

a composition for stones in multichannel sound

“(...) and the vitals hardened to rock,

but still she weeps, and she is carried,

Caught up in a whirlwind, to her native mountains,

Where, on a summit, a queen deposed, she rests,

Still weeping : even to this day, the marble

Trickles with tears (...)“

(Ovid, Metamorphoses, Book VI, 295-323)

A stone : a metaphor for the most mundane of things - deaf, cold, inanimate matter. Yet, it is anything but. Never inert, a stone is in a state of constant transformation, a historical witness, inscribed with the traces of successive ecologies. As the anxious relation between humans and lithic matter takes centre stage, we are obliged to try to think in geological terms once again.

What if a stone could speak – would we listen?

Special thanks to the „ Studio für Elektroakustische Musik” at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin, where the sound material used in this composition was recorded in october 2018.

Commissioned by Cristian Vogel for Sentralen Oslo

Composition and Sound Design: Koenraad Ecker

Spatialisation: Koenraad Ecker

Duration: 10 mins

Format: HOA2D