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Dispatch 001: The Lamentations Of Mermaids

by CEE || Chance Encounters Ensemble

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The Ambient-Ledger is an ongoing series of audio dispatches from composing musician Christine Newton Bush who inscribes the sonic wilderness of contemporary culture into vast and sublime soundscapes.

Dispatch 001: The Lamentations Of Mermaids was inspired by manatees, ancient marine mammals --- once described as mermaids --- that have inhabited the coastal lagoons of present day Florida for forty-five million years. They rely on sheltered aquatic environs for food and warm water. These estuary ecosystems have been compromised.

Polluted storm water, human waste, and climate change, have combined to kill most of the sea grass that cleans the water, prevents erosion, and feeds these gentle creatures. Habitat restoration will require billions of dollars. In 2021, over eleven percent of the total population of manatees in Florida starved to death. At this rate, in just a few generations, only mythical mermaids may remain.

An unwanted inspiration: the epidemic of gun violence in the United States. In remembrance of the victims, each dispatch concludes with a unique coda featuring a weapon being "un-fired" by reverse processing the sound of its discharge.


released October 17, 2022
Music composed, arranged, and produced by Christine Newton Bush.
Performance by CEE || Chance Encounters Ensemble.
Manatee voices are public domain recordings courtesy of the USGS Sirenia Project.
Cover artwork by BumbleApps (TM) featuring imagery licensed for commercial use from Pond5.
Video conceived and composited by nftN0yz.


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CEE || Chance Encounters Ensemble Pittsboro, North Carolina

Christine Newton Bush (BMI) is a composing musician, writer/editor, and multimedia producer. When not in her home studio chasing the rhythm or mixing the next chapter of The Soundtrack Of Now: A Sojourn In Sound podcast, she is a patron of open music initiatives, poet, indie book publisher, fierce animal rights advocate and pet guardian.

"Music is what happens when you give sound a chance."
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