Surf’’ is an acoustic circumnavigation of the globe with calls at 20 seismic stations. For our trip, the Earth is regarded as an oversized sounding body and the ear pressed against its surface at the locations of the 20 seismic stations. What we will listen to in each case is noise recorded on the same day (19 December 2011) with all its different ground tremors:
Starting with the seismic station KURK near the village of Kurkchatov, located in Kazakhstan in Central Asia, our acoustic trip will take us continuously further east round the globe along increasing longitudes. The second station is CHTO in the city of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, nicknamed 'Rose of the North'. We continue into the southern hemisphere to the Tennant Creek (WRAB) station in the north Australian desert, then to the MAJO (Matsushiro) station situated on the outskirts of the city of Nagano in Japan, and next to Yuzhno Sakhalinsk (YSS) in eastern Russia; the vault in which the measuring devices are set up here is continuously heated by 150-watt light bulbs to stabilize climatic conditions inside. Next comes a station in the north of Guam island (GUMO); subsequently we cross the Pacific Ocean to call at Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea (PMG) and continue north-east to Petropavlovsk (PET), a small village on the Kamchatka coast surrounded by volcanoes. The next station we will be listening to is Kipapa (KIP) on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Heading further east we come to the forests of Manitoba (Canada) near Flin Flon City (FFC), then travel down south to the Cathedral Cave (CCM) in Onondaga Cave State Park in the state of Missouri, and finally even further south to the NNA station in the Peruvian Andes. The 13th station is Borgafjorður (BORG) on a private farm on Iceland in the North Atlantic Ocean, the subsequent one being Horse Pasture (SHEL) on a mountain ridge on the island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic. Next we navigate to the station KONO in Norway, installed in an abandoned silver mine on the river Numedalslågen, where silver ore was discovered in 1623 and the town of Kongsberg subsequently founded. We then carry on to Sutherland (SUR) near the South African Large Telescope in the middle of the Succulent Karoo, then travel to Kislovodsk (KIV) in Russia between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea and further on to Garni (GNI) in the Armenian mountains. Mahé (MSEY) in the primeval forests of the Seychelles is the next stop on or voyage, followed by Arti (ARU), our final station, in the heart of Russia.