Triangular Trade

3 x 3 locations; 3 x resonance recordings; 3 x feedback processes; 3 x erasures; 3 x borrowed recordings; 3 x instrumental parts; 3 x no-input field recordings – available to purchase from Suppedaneum

«TRIANGULAR TRADE» takes its name from the system of trading between three ports or regions, the most notorious example of which was the transatlantic slave trade. Commissioned by the Arnolfini to thematically accompany John Akomfrah’s 2015 film, ‘Vertigo Sea’ – a film that explores oceanic migration, slavery and exploitation – Cooke conceived the composition to address the significance of situating the film’s UK premiere in Bristol, a city that has yet to reconcile its current consciousness with its participation in the slave-based Atlantic economy. Since that initial installation, Cooke has continued to rework, refine, and add to the material. The piece triangulates themes of slavery, migration, and climate change—from West Africa, the Americas, and England; to Liverpool, London, and Bristol; to local ambivalence toward Edward Colston, Bristol’s historic benefactor, whose wealth was built, in large part, upon the transatlantic slave trade.

Each copy of «TRIANGULAR TRADE» includes an archival CDr containing a single 45-minute sound recording; eight text-based collages created by Cooke that provide context, raise further questions, and connect the broader thematic implications of the work; and a sheet providing information on the source material, instrumentation, and recording process.

Triangular Trade - Seth Cooke

Triangular Trade - Seth Cooke