Sunday 23 May 2021
What does the foghorn sound like? It sounds huge. It rattles. It rattles you. It is a booming, lonely sound echoing into the vastness of the sea.
When Jennifer Lucy Allan hears the foghorn's colossal bellow for the first time, it marks the beginning of an obsession and a journey deep into the history of a sound that has carved out the identity and the landscape of coastlines around the world, from Scotland to San Francisco. Join Jennifer for the launch for her new book The Foghorn’s Lament with a reading, Q&A and performance.
"Now that so many things can be - and are - recorded, I had forgotten that sound could also become extinct. The massive melancholic sound of the foghorn - the sound of safety and loss - is one of these and this colorful and detailed requiem tells the many interlocking stories of people who love it and try to preserve it. This has become one of my favorite books." - Laurie Anderson
‘A truly unusual and strangely revealing lens through which to view music and history and the dark life of the sea’ Brian Eno
‘As memorable, pleasurable and irrational as all the highest quests’ John Higgs
‘A perfect example of the power and beauty of industrial music’ Cosey Fanni Tutti