A musical study of fish migration and fish mortality in the river Meuse.
To understand the eel migration in the river Meuse, the Department of Public Works and Waterways, caught a group of 105 eels, implanted them with transponders and gave each a unique numeric code. This enabled their migration to be monitored as they passed several detection stations downstream the river, during their journey to the sea.
Based on these fish migration data, sound artist Marjori Overdijk conducted a musical study in which fish migration was transformed into music. The codes of the fish were clustered and each cluster of fish received its own melody. When a cluster was identified by a detection station their melody could be heard. If the cluster disappeared, nothing remained but silence. All these sounds and silences were imported in audio software. With one press on the play button the fate of the fish during their journey downstream could now be heard. The fish determined what we heard. They composed their own song of life.
Thanks to Harriet Bakker (RWS), Ronald van Overbruggen , World Fish Migration Foundation, Huis voor de Kunsten Limburg, Provincie Limburg