An Absent Presence


A fascinating aural, visual and written exploration of the most isolated continent on Earth, Antarctica.

Currently out of stock. Please contact us for more information.

ISBN: 9780500500668 Category:

Philip Samartzis


This beautiful volume of soundscape compositions, images and words from Philip Samartzis is an invitation to share in a remarkable journey of enquiry. Antarctica is a paradox of the sublime and prosaic: with its vast expanses of ice, snow and mountains – and traces of human habitation, from weathered huts to abandoned machinery.

Samartzis travelled south with the Australian Antarctic Division on several occasions and his recordings of the unique sounds of Antarctica have been used to create soundscape compositions which are meticulously realised on three CDs of the music included in this book.

Additional information

Weight 989 g
Dimensions 24.8 x 18.8 cm
Publisher name Thames & Hudson Australia Pty Ltd
Publication date 1 December 2016
Number of pages
Format Hardback
Dimensions 24.8 x 18.8 cm
Weight 989 g


There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “Antarctica”

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Philip Samartzis is an academic, sound artist and curator. In 2009 he was awarded an Australia Antarctic Division Arts Fellowship to undertake sound recordings in Antarctica. Philip is an Associate Professor in the School of Art at RMIT University where he researches in the areas of sound art, acoustic ecology and spatial sound practices. He is also the artistic director of the Bogong Centre for Sound Culture, which he co-founded to interrogate the history and ecology of the Australian Alps.