SONOSCURA – Caroline Bergvall

how do i get / from a to b / from a to base /
from a to u / a to be / a to base / a to aide /
aide to base / base to brr / base to / br /
base to breath / hh / arbours / arbr / hh /
another great / unhoming

From A to B

Sonoscura’s slow, immersive soundtrack of voices, landscapes, and spoken text is organised into five connecting and echoing parts. The meandering energy creates inner repose and sharpened awareness. It was conceived and created in response to the eerie and brutal global confinement of Spring 2020. One of the pieces reframes Caroline Bergvall’s online public writing event Night & Refuge between five UK-based poets, live on zoom and twitter across five timezones, 20 May 2020, 6.00PM- 9.00PM BST. Sonoscura was also developed as a film-poem, filmed by Andrew Delaney and commissioned by Planet P berlin: lockdown version 21. poesiefestival berlin. Premiered online, 9 June 2020.


Written, created, performed, recorded, edited, and produced during the Spring 2020 lockdown.
Mixed and mastered by Jamie Hamilton. Produced by Caroline Bergvall.
Cover image: Andrew Delaney, video-still from film-poem Sonoscura.

Thank you to the poets and all the voices for their contributions.
Special thanks: Jamie Hamilton, Andrew Delaney, Matthias Kniep, Michaela Freeman, Harriet Cook, Angharad Cooper, Erin Moure, Fielding Hope.

Caroline Bergvall 2020
A Sonic Atlas Project


Track 1 - From A to B (5' 57)
Alphabet relay in 13 languages: Mays Albaik (Arabic ) - Michaela Freeman (Czech) – Ismael Ramos (Galician) - Jessie Kleeman (Groenlandic) - Will Harris (Bahasa Indonesia) - Niall Ó Siadhail (Irish) - Aurelia Lassaque (Occitan) - Ghazal Mosadeq (Persian) - Balli Kalsi (Punjabi) - Nisha Ramayya (Sanskrit) - Jamie Hamilton (Scottish) - Rhys Trimble / Angaharad Davies (Welsh).

Track 2 – Refugio (6’00)

Track 3 - Night & Refuge (the conversation) (13' 00")
Edited version of Caroline Bergvall’s three-hour long lockdown collaborative writing event Night & Refuge. The contributing poets: Leo Boix, Vahni Capildeo, Will Harris, Nisha Ramayya & C. Bergvall (host-poet).

Track 4 – Night & Refuge (the poem) (4' 48")
Written and read by (in reading order): Caroline Bergvall, Will Harris, Vahni Capildeo, Nisha Ramayya, Leo Boix.
Drones (in sounding order): room-claps in Sandefjord Norway, London UK, Port of Spain Trinidad, East London, and Deal Kent UK.

Track 5 – Listen Heare (8'36")

Total duration: 38’18”

Caroline Bergvall

Caroline Bervall is a sound artist, and writer, who works across art forms, media and languages. Her live work involves original texts, speech-led vocal compositions, as well as electronic elements and field recordings, which culminate in performances that explore linguistic connections and new modes of cultural belonging. Recent commissions: Planet P (Berlin, 2020), Dublin ILF (2019), Whitstable Biennale (2018), Documenta14 (2017). Most recent book: Alisoun Sings (Nightboat Books, NY, 2019). Awarded a Cholmondeley Award for her book and project  Drift (2017), first recipient of art prize Prix Littéraire Bernard Heidsieck-Centre Pompidou (Paris 2017)

Jamie Hamilton

Jamie Hamilton is a composer and performer combining sound, technology and acoustic phenomena to heighten aspects of our perception.