On July 23, 2020, a team of international researchers in seismology released a paper detailing their finding that Coronavirus shutdowns had led to “the longest and most coherent global seismic noise reduction in recorded history” (New York Times). Seemingly overnight, humanity had stopped moving and the resulting silence was measurable on a global scale. Sound designer Frederick Kennedy has collected data from seismographs around the world as well as recordings of quarantine living and numerous other inputs and blended it together to create a personalized sonic experience. From the surface of the planet to the depths of its core, and from the very human to the global, what does the earth sound like during this pandemic? Has it changed—and has it changed us? Rest is an audio meditation inspired by this shared moment, exploring the meaning of silence and space in our lives.
“REST” was made possible with support from The New York Community Trust, The Howard Gilman Foundation, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, The National Endowment for The Arts, The New York State Council on the Arts, and from individual donations.
The creation of Ma-Yi Studios was made possible by The New York Community Trust, The Howard Gilman Foundation, The Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York State Council on the Arts, The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The Tides Foundation, and by generous individuals who continue to support Ma-Yi Theater Company’s mission during these unprecedented and challenging times.
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Emily Reilly | Voice
Hugh Farrell | Voice
Frederick Kennedy | Creator, Editor
Hugh Farrell | Dramaturg
Dakota Stipp | Technical Consultant
Dr. Kevin Patton | Technical Consultant
United States Geological Survey | Special Thanks
Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology | Special Thanks
United States Library of Congress | Special Thanks
Dr. Debi Kilb | Special Thanks
Terry Williams | Special Thanks
Deadra Hart | Special Thanks