The Terrapene carolina triunguis Hour (Los Angeles), 2011


broadcast Saturday 9 July 2011, 1:00-2:00 pm BST (London, UK), online at Resonance104.4fm


This work was part of the Resonance Open, an “overhung” sound installation presented by Resonance104.4fm during the exhibition Gone With the Wind, curated by Ed Baxter and on view at Raven Row through 16 July 2011.

The aural experience of the Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina ssp.) can only be guessed at by humans, but research indicates they most readily detect sound waves in the range of 100 to 600 cycles per second with intensity less than 100 decibels.¹ The Terrapene carolina triunguis Hour (Los Angeles) is presented for the Three-Toed Eastern Box Turtle audience, and other turtles who might respond to this range of sound (juvenile Green Turtles, Kemp’s Ridleys, etc.) The broadcast time in London corresponds to the recording time of 5:00 to 6:00 on a Saturday morning in Los Angeles, allowing turtles listening in to experience something of life as it might sound at that moment in southern California.

Nigel Lundemo served as sound engineer.


¹Dodd, C. Kenneth, Jr. 2001. North American box turtles: a natural history. Animal natural history series, vol. 6. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press: 85.