It Must Have Been Dark by Then
by Duncan Speakman

Do you notice the world around you gradually changes?

There is always something happening somewhere else.

It Must Have Been Dark by Then is a book and audio experience that uses a mixture of evocative music, narration and field recording to bring you stories of changing environments, from the swamplands of Louisiana, to empty Latvian villages and the edge of the Tunisian Sahara. Unlike many audio guides, there is no preset route, the software builds a unique map for each person’s experience. It is up to you to choose your own path through the city, connecting the remote to the immediate, the precious to the disappearing.

In January and February 2017 Duncan Speakman travelled with collaborators across three countries on three continents, visiting environments that are experiencing rapid change from human and environmental factors. What he created on his return is somewhere between a travel journal and a poetic reflection on connection, progress and memory. The experience asks the listener to seek out types of locations in their own environment, and once there it offers sounds and stories from remote but related situations. At each location the listener/reader is invited to tie those memories to the place they are in, creating a map of both where they are right now and of places that may not exist in the future.


London Launch
4-8 July, the British Library

Book your place at the British Library:

Tuesday, 4 July
Wednesday, 5 July
Thursday, 6 July
Friday, 7 July
Saturday, 8 July

As part of the launch, on the evening of 5 July, the British Library will be hosting a conversation among all three Ambient Literature authors, Duncan Speakman, Kate Pullinger, and James Attlee, moderated by Tom Abba. Book your place here.

Concept development and dramaturgy
Tineke De Meyer

Sarah Anderson, Duncan Speakman, Sean McGhee 
and Djamila Skoglund-Voss

Location research and production
Katharina Smets, Sara Zaltash and Elina Ventere

Book design
Krysztoff Dorion

Tom Abba

Application development

Interface design
Tom Metcalfe

Taylor Brothers Bristol

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