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RadioTerramoto: Project by Rui Costa, Jeff Cain, and Maile Colbert

Maile Colbert on February 12, 2014 11:29

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    mix of live binaural documentation (Ricardo Jacinto) and the project radio transmission

    “Radio Terramoto” is a radio transmission from All Saints Day, 1755. We are not sure how or why the forty minutes were recorded, but having been discovered accidently it has proven to be an important record to the experience of the people caught in the Great Lisbon Earthquake. We follow our mysterious ghost recorder as starting in the Convento do Carmo where the people were gathered for the All Saints Day Mass. The first wave hits and the convent crumbles. As people run to the river, we follow their path as the buildings around us burst into fire and collapse. Finally reaching the river, only to be greeted by the water pulling out, revealing flopping fish and shipwrecks, pulling towards the ocean to fuel the giant wave that would final overcome our poor recorder. From here the transmission stops.
    “Rádio Terramoto” é uma transmissão rádio do Dia de Todos os Santos de 1755. Não estamos seguros decomo ou porquê estes 40 minutos foram gravados. Tendo sido descoberta acidentalmente, esta gravação provou ser um importante registo da experiência da população apanhada pelo Grande Terramoto de Lisboa. Seguimos o nosso misterioso gravador começando no Convento do Carmo, onde as pessoas se congregavam para a Missa de Todos os Santos. Ao primeiro abalo, o convento desmorona-se. À medida que as pessoas fogem em direção ao rio, seguimos os seus passos enquanto os edifícios à nossa volta pegam fogo e colapsam. Chegados à margem do rio, somos recebidos pela água que recua revelando peixes requebrando-se e destroços de barcos, puxando em direção ao oceano e alimentando a onda gigante que finalmente derrotou o nosso pobre gravador. A partir daqui a transmissão cessa.

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