While KEROGEN VOICES still aspires to become a live performance one day, we are excited for this audio-manifestation to take shape
KEROGEN VOICES is an audio piece about human-made earthquakes caused by various methods of extracting fossil oil, gas and other minerals from the ground. Our research on this planetary phenomenon starts in Malta. It was the liquefied gas, which comes there all the way from the Netherlands, that introduced us to the subject of man-made earthquakes. The discovery of the gas bubble under Groningen in the Netherlands is the largest gas finding in Europe. It is also one of the most studied places for induced seismicity. In recent years the Gas Molecule, a sculpture commemorating the discovery, has been repeatedly vandalised with red paint. Campaigners claim that the gas is a curse rather than a gift.
In “Kerogen Voices” the voices of science and myth, of workers, engineers, entrepreneurs, and elves, and of different generations of humans enter into dialogue with each other. These voices are suspended in an immersive soundscape of the elementary fluxes. Densely layered streams of text, music, and enveloping sound, invites the audience to imagine the story of an ominous human vision of infinite growth and activity and to listen to the movement and the signals of a patient but agitated Earth.
CREDITS BY JIMMY GRIMA AND IRA MELKONYAN THE KEROGEN VOICES CHEYENNE STUTZRIEM, JOEY FRANKLAND, BILLY MULLANEY, JIMMY GRIMA, IRENE SOROZABAL MORENO AND MATAR PERSHITZ THE HUMAN-INDUCED-EARTHQUAKES* VOICES IRA BRAND, JUAN MIRANDA, NOAH VOELKER, ISOBEL DRYBURGH, PARIDE PICCININI, ERIN HILL, ABHISHEK THAPAR, MELIH GENÇBOYACI, IRA MELKONYAN, SASHA MELKONYAN LIBRETTO JIMMY GRIMA COMPOSERS JIMMY GRIMA AND IRENE SOROZOBAL MORENO LYRICS JIMMY GRIMA AND IRA MELKONYAN CHOIR LEADER & ARRANGEMENTS IRENE SOROZOBAL MORENO SOUND DESIGN AND MASTERING MARIO SAMMUT SOUND RECORDINGS JUSTIN SCHEMBRI, JIMMY GRIMA, TOM DE RONDE RESEARCH DRAMATURG BILLY MULLANEY PRODUCTION DRAMATURG MARIA RÖßLER ADVISORS JOACHIM ROBBRECHT, FLORIAN MALZACHER. THANKS TO LARA STAAL, JOHN MEIJERINK, JUUL BEREEN, YOLANDA VAN GEMERT, RUTH BORG, HARCO HAAGSMA, MAAIKE BOOT AND UDO AKEMANN, DAS THEATRE. *THE LIST WAS COMPILED THROUGH THE HUMAN-INDUCED EARTHQUAKE DATABASE (HIQUAKE) (WWW.INDUCEDEARTHQUAKES.ORG).