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No permanence is ours; we are a wave – Part 1, The Bosphorus – Ian Alden Russell

No permanence is ours; we are a wave – Ian Alden Russell


A phone call, a composition, a conversation and an occurrence connecting Istanbul, Hong Kong and Venice through water, ferries, transience and the temporary communities that form when we embark on journeys and go through periods of transition. Titled after the first line of a poem by Joseph Knecht, the main character of Hermann Hesse’s novel The Glass Bead Game.


Part 1 | The Bosphorus


A phone call with artist Fiona Hallinan about Heterodyne, her series of site-specific audio pieces that are scored to accompany journeys, and a presentation of Heterodyne: Bosphorus, an original score created for a Bosphorus ferry crossing from Eminönü to Kadıköy in Istanbul, Turkey. The score was composed by Peter Broderick, an Oregon-based composer and musician, and is now available to stream on the Heterodyne mobile app. Listeners are allowed one play anywhere in the world, and can only listen more if they are within 30km of the ferry crossing. More information is available here:

In Spring 2014 Culture Ireland supported this project’s presentation at Koç University in Istanbul.

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