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this edition of framework:afield has been produced on curaçao by the netherlands based artist-duo polakvanbekkum and is entitled the sound sails, episode beach grote knip. for more information, go to the artist website at producers’ notes:

In the sparkling waves, children scream. Parents stand with cocktails up to their knees in the surf. We walk slowly up and down beach Grote Knip. In the distance, jet ski’s race by. On the beach people are barbecuing, playing, chatting, maybe kissing/making out. Each person has their specific music, sometimes someone brings music for the whole beach. Rufous-collared Sparrow, black mockingbird, oriole and Bananaquit prey on the abandoned potato chips or French fries. At some distance from the waves, you can hear the birds better. Then it starts raining, briefly but heavily. We take shelter, all of us, under the sparse gazebo’s. After five minutes, the sun dries everything up.

Sound plays an important role in the artworks of Esther Polak and Ivar van Bekkum. For the third year in a row they produced the podcast The Sound Sails (Het Geluid Vaart) for the Oerol Festival; a theatre festival on the small island Terschelling in the north of the Netherlands.The podcast brings listeners to five spots on the tropical Caribbean island Curaçao, and twelve on Terschelling itself. Both islands are part of the so called “Dutch Kingdom”.  Each episode consist of one hour of an undisturbed recording of a unique location. For framework radio they chose the  edition that was recorded on the popular Curacao beach Grote Knip.

For more information on the podcast in its totality go to or or search for ‘Het Geluid Vaart’ in your favourite podcast-app.

Maartje Willems and Inge ter Schure – Luid en Duidelijk
Arno Peters – sound design
Nathifa Martina – translation/correction Papiamentu
All recordings are made in 2020 and 2021.

patrick 2022, framework:afield

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