per/severance
Sound Installation
2013


Composer and sound artist Mary Edwards has created an interpretive soundscape of the Quequechan River, a body of water whose history is familiar to those who live and work in Fall River, Mass. For more than a century it was the lifeblood of textile manufacturing. Its course runs through the city, shallow and sluggish along its southern end, and fast and furious as it heads down toward the bay. In service to industry, the river was modified so much that its original path is unknown. More recently it was buried under the city to accommodate the expansion of Route 195. Edwards came to Fall River several times to study the river, to understand its relationship to the city, and to find the remaining places where it can still be seen, and heard. Her sound installation is evocative of many things, the memories that the water still carries, the conversation it would have if someone were there to listen.

"The 2.7 mile-long Quequechan River, once the centerpiece of the 19th Century Fall River, Massachusetts textile industry, has since been partially obscured by the mills built in that era, as well as tragedies and initiatives occurring throughout the 20th and early 21st Centuries. per/severance implies both a tenacity and a detachment evidenced by the predicament of the river. Its memory and "voice" are represented by a collection of subtle sounds: its fluid origins ranging from a purely ecological juncture of its most natural state prior to industrialization, to a human-altered waterscape; distant contrapuntal Siren-inspired choruses alternating between alluring resonance and foreboding dissonance; and faint reverberations that hearken to the height and decline of the mills and the vision to "daylight" the falls once again."
–Mary Edwards




The Women at the Well: Palimpsest
Theatrical Score
2014

Original theatrical score written by Mary Edwards for the stage adaptation of Grace Bauer's The Women at the Well, directed by Sharon Rae Paquette, set design by Liz Buckley. The production ran from April 3 through 5, 2014 at The Belknap Mill, Laconia, NH, and Jun 17, 2014 at The Little Church Theater, Holderness, NH.


Altamont
Sound Installation
2013




The Juice of Stone
Sound Installation
2013

Architecture is a multi-sensory experience which includes music and sound to represent the structure and the essence: the spaces between, the silences, the light and the darkness. Not all space needs to be filled, but to be regarded as a time to contemplate. Architecture invites a narrative that looks to both the past and present, and the way we move through space with reflection and anticipation.




Arctic Cathedral Topographies (Aerial View)
Sound Installation
2012



Off-Season Fairground
Sound Installation
2012



Epilogue for a Quinn Martin Production
Sound Installation
2014




No Man Must Speak but in Whispers
Sound Installation
2014

Ambient soundscape inspired by the tale of Moby Dick from the perspective of the Whale.




"Girls, I'm Home"
From the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack STRANGE RELATIONS
(Not yet released)



Excavating Katrina
Theatrical Score (excerpt)
2009

Mary Edwards' haunting theatrical overture draws on memories of playwright Casey Groves' childhood home which has been gutted since Hurricane Katrina. The play explores issues of racism, privilege and personal storm, and is interwoven with the Egyptian myth of Isis and Osiris to give the play a larger, mythic context to match the epic proportions of the tragedy.

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