Sing the Gloaming
Phonaesthemes are words whose form seems to evoke their meaning directly. In the English language, there are many phonaesthemes beginning “gl” which relate to light, for example: glimmer, glitter, glow, gleam and gloam.
In Sing the Gloaming, a collection of sung vocalisations of these ‘light words’ have been recorded onto cassette tape loops. A set of tape decks, housed in glowing sculptural objects were installed across a small area of the Galloway Dark Sky Park. Their spatial arrangement subtly maps the linguistic evolution of light words from the Proto-Indo-European “*ghlei-”.
The loops repeated through the night, slipping in and out of resonance and rhythm until the tape deck batteries are drained, somewhere around dawn.