THE GLASS SPONGE
The glass sponge is a subclass within
the sponge phylum, distinguished by their silica spicules that
unite into delicate geometric networks. These needlelike structures
form the skeleton of this most simple animal, which when dried
acquires an exquisite white hue. During the Victorian era, these
dessicated remains were prize possessions in the finest of wunderkammers;
and from what we've been told, a pair of glass sponges
mounted under a dome could fetch up to "5 guineas."
Furthermore, glass sponges have the unique ability to respond
to their harsh, deep sea environment through rudimentary electrical
impulses that ripple through their bodies which are devoid of
nerves and muscle.
These are merely the beginnings of the fascination with the
glass sponge for Coelacanth, a sound art project whose name
is of an ancient fish once thought to be extinct, but in truth
has been flourishing in oceanic trenches. Authored by the Coelacanth
duo of Loren Chasse and Jim Haynes, The Glass Sponge
takes an abstracted yet empathetic view of its allegorical subject.
Throughout The Glass Sponge, Coelacanth sets textural
flutters, squeaks, and scrabblings in motion. These brittle
events punctuate the boundless excursions of minimalism brought
to life through elegaic bell tones, ghostly feedback, and tuning
fork resonance, all spiralling together into translucent drones.
Despite the obvious submariner references for this album, it
may be a surprise that very little water spilled into the recording
of The Glass Sponge.