Melt Me Into The Ocean

8/11/18 at 3:00 pm
Ocean View Park: 102 Ocean View Ave, Santa Cruz
Tickets: Free


Nestled on the edge of the Monterey Bay between the Pacific Ocean and the redwoods, a strong sense of place emanates throughout Santa Cruz. Melt Me Into The Ocean is a day-long event that uses sound to connect participants to this sense of place.

Stream Yolande Harris’s Lighthouse Track

Melt Me Into The Ocean features participatory works by local and nationally renowned artists that use sound, images, technology, and their bodies to activate public spaces including the West Jetty Walkway, Seabright Beach, and Ocean View Park, to reveal new facets of our relationships to local ecosystems and environments.

The centerpiece of the festival is a new piece by sound artist Yolande Harris, which employs underwater recordings—of whales and other creatures—from the Monterey Bay. Part I of the work begins with a guided listening sound walk on the West Jetty Parkway in the Santa Cruz Harbor. Part II will close out the festival at sunset: a performance in Ocean View Park featuring underwater recordings, projections of whales in the water, and live instruments. In Harris’s words, this work explores “the experience of color, sound, and environment as ‘polymorphous magical substance’ and the ocean as energy-exchange or ‘chi.’”

The festival will also include works by composer and technologist Casey Anderson, who will present a new piece involving radios and other homemade technology that will enable participants to explore Seabright Beach through the fluctuations of sound over the radio, and a performance by Maidens of Delos (Laura Steenberge and K.C.M. Walker), who will play a program of newly composed pieces as well as folk and ancient tunes about sirens and the sea on Baroque instruments in the cave on Seabright Beach. Kyle Lane-McKinley and Ann Altstatt will also be premiering their new participatory work THIS LOCATION IS MOVING / THIS LOCATION HAS MOVED, in which participants are asked to imagine the present as history from the perspective of the future.

Event Map


Schedule of Events: August 11, 2018

3:00pm – 7:00pm

Location #1: at the West Jetty Walkway
Yolande Harris
Melt Me Into The Ocean, Part I

Location #2: at East Cliff Drive
Casey Anderson
seeking spirits (a mapping ritual)

Location #3: in a cave by the San Lorenzo
Maidens of Delos
Between Scylla and Charybdis

Location #4: at the train trestle over the San Lorenzo
Ann Altstatt & Kyle Lane-McKinley

7:00pm – 7:45pm

Location #5: from Seabright State Beach to Ocean View Park
Guided, participatory sound walk

8:00pm – 8:30pm

Location #6: at Ocean View Park (102 Ocean View Ave.)
Sunset performance by Yolande Harris

Visit for more information about schedules, location, and an event map.