The River in 24/7

April 14th, 2021

What is the sound of the Lower Mississippi, a “superhighway” through which huge proportions of exported goods from the US are shipped every day?

What might 24 hours of listening to the Mississippi waters sound like? Can this goods superhighway, which connects to local contexts down the length of North America with global commodity flows, be made legible in sound? A durational soundpiece, The River in 24/7 created by Isabelle Carbonell and Andres Camacho, takes on these questions, with the work’s seemingly impossible-to-apprehend 24-hour length echoing the scale at which the Mississippi operates according to anthropogenic demands. Included below is a three-hour long extract of the work.