About this project
imagine roaming the world’s largest ocean year after year alone, calling out with the regularity of a metronome, and hearing no response. ∞
the loneliest mix is an audio project by mike ambs to share the beautiful and rare song of a last-known hybrid blue whale, known by the name the loneliest whale, one mix-tape at a time.
http://52hertz.tumblr.com/post/3683953548/via-mike-ambs-imagine-roaming-the-worlds, also known as simply 52 hertz, is a low-trembling on more powerful speakers, specifically subwoofers capable of such a subtle bass. As a comparison, 52 hertz is near the lowest note on a tubba. If you’re listening on laptop speakers or apple earbuds, you will most likely hear nothing at all after hitting play.
The circle symbol is the audio-wave image of the loneliest whale wrapped into a circle. If you had a playhead, positioned similar to the seconds hand of a clock, as it turned a full 360° the whale’s song would loop over and over again.
The ⌃ that you often see in the title of different 52 hertz kickstarter campaigns stands for the current total count / goal of loneliest mixes recorded. So, if a campaign ends with a ⌃ 90 in the title, that means the previous campaign brought the total number of mixes to around 80, and the current goal for total mixes is now 90 cassettes *nods*
There are two answers for this one question: a) it’s easier to keep up with the project in smaller quantities of cassettes; I re-record each tape personally, which vary from 20 minutes on each side to up to 90 minutes on each side, and doing more than 10 mixes at a time can quickly become demanding. And b) there’s just not a ground-swell of interest in the audio project. Yet!
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