Peak Discharge is a revelatory bioacoustic soundscape - a sound and video piece that utilizes water pollution data to examine human impact on the land. The translation of data is an expression of visible and invisible forces acting upon the landscape. The underwater sounds of the Lower Schuylkill River are manipulated with recontextualized water quality data from the United States Geological Survey. Information representing individual ambient water quality markers is directly represented through a system of sound wave translations. The resulting sound piece confronts the listener with an audio illustration of the impact of human development on our natural systems.

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"Art installation interprets water pollution with sound" - Susan Phillips on Peak Discharge through NewsWorks Tonight January 16, 2017 show on WHYY through StateImpact Pennsylvania.