Mark Lyken – The Terrestrial Sea

ClientMark Lyken



HD | COLOUR | 2 CHANNEL | 46min 40s | 16:9 | STEREO or 5.1 SURROUND | ENGLISH | SCOTLAND | 2015

VERSIONS: Mid Length Film, Installation, Audio-Visual Performance

“Genuinely breathtaking” – Aesthetica Magazine
“A surrealistic meditation on the way that different environments encroach on each other” – Financial Times
“A stellar, touching release” – Fluid Radio


The Cromarty Firth is an inlet of the North Sea in the Highlands of Scotland. It is an important and protected natural habitat of seabirds and marine mammals, yet it is also an essential berth of the Oil and Tourism industries. Based in a field station ideally located at the Cromarty Lighthouse, Ecologists from the University of Aberdeen study how natural and man-made environmental changes influence the behaviour and populations of the Firth’s protected species.

In 2012 Lyken was Artist in residence at the Lighthouse Field Station where he worked alongside the Ecologists and recorded The Terrestrial Sea album. He returned to Cromarty in 2014 to work on a companion film with regular collaborator Emma Dove.

The Terrestrial Sea is the culmination of that work, highlighting the diverse and ever-changing environments that the Ecologists are studying through music and film.

A Cryptic Commission for Sonica

Supported by Cryptic, IOTA, University of Aberdeen, Creative Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, CMMAS, Anglo Arts, Important Records