Audio Accompaniment at the John Cage exhibition, Every Day is a Good Day, 2011. The installation featured a MIDI-controlled grand piano, which was triggered ‘live’ by cosmic ray particles to play a never-ending sequence of notes. The keys of the MIDI-controlled piano moved in a ghostly, magical way to produce sound each time a radioactive ‘stardust’ particle hits the Geiger counter, MIDI controller and laptop connected to its USB input. The sequence set up an on-going series of random notes and harmonies, creating silences, then flurries of activity in a mysterious and intriguing way.
The MIDI piano was provided Yamaha, with sequencing controls designed by Wayne Adams in collaboration with the Department of Meteorology, University of Reading. The University of Brighton helped provide facilities to develop Audio Accompaniment.
Timeline – Antarctica
The electronics continually produce sounds triggered ‘live’ by the radioactive cosmic ray particles passing into our atmosphere.
The installation links 11,000 years of climate data revealed in a Norwegian lacustrine mud core to current activity of cosmic rays hitting our planet.
An exhibition of photographs and video, accompanied by ‘live’ performance. Bloomberg SPACE, London, 4 August-17 September 2005. This triggered some new studio-based work linking meteorological and other scientific data to movement and live vocal and percussion sounds.
A permanent public sculpture, incorporating digitally-controlled light and sound, set outside The IdeaStore public library, Gladstone Place, London. Commissioned through competition by London Borough of Tower Hamlets and project-managed by ‘Space’. The Piazza, Gladstone Place, London. Installed and made public 4 April 2005.
A large-scale audio-visual exhibition, with public discussion, featuring sculptures that link art and science through meteorological research. University of Brighton Gallery, May 2004.