MELTING, SHIFTING LIQUID WORLD - PROJECT DIARY

Melting Shifting Liquid World is an immersive work for String Ensemble, Electric Viola and Tape delivered over bone-conducting headphones, to be premiered at the National Maritime Museum on the 16th March 2019. The piece features different sonic interpretations of climate change data from ocean monitoring indicators. It will also incorporate a poem called “Still Life with Sea Pinks and High Tide” by Maura Dooley and natural recordings from the Arctic, recorded by world renowned field recordist Chris Watson.

 

Premiere - National Maritime Museum, Great Map, 16th March 2019

Registered as a National Maritime Museum, Caird Library user Explored their substantial and amazing Online Collections.

Recording Session with poet Maura Dooley Still Life with Sea Pinks at High Tide.

World Ocean's Day at the National Maritime Museum Met some extremely interesting scientists and artists including Jo Atherton, Anne Baker (exxpedition) and Susie Grant (British Antarctic Survey)

Getting to grips with MATLAB I never thought that my GCSE in statistics would ever be useful to a PhD in Composition...but as it turns out it is! Now...to turn this data into harmonic material...

Gathering Climate Change data from NASA NASA have a huge amount of open access climate change data on their Global Climate Change website, including graphs and (luckily for me!) access to the numerical data behind them, time-series images and information.

Playing around with Max / MSP I've been trying out a few different ways of converting climate change data into sine tones using Max / MSP with some encouraging results!

Neither Nor, Either Or Artist Residency, Ytre Arna Taking some time out to work on my PhD commentary and to think about the artistic thread of the piece including working out the spatial plan, and narrative thread.

Plastic Pollution in our Oceans I've been doing some research into plastic pollution. The majority of plastic debris in the ocean ends up one of six gyres, which are a large systems of circulating ocean currents. The largest of patch of debris is situated between two of these oceanic gyres and is called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This is the worlds largest collection of ocean rubbish, situated halfway between Hawaii and California and is now over 600,000 square miles in size. Our rubbish ends up in these gyres as natural ocean currents which regulate climate control, also function as conveyor belts for our waste and pollution. Find out more here.

First Workshop in the Space On the 10th October I had my first exploratory workshop in the Great Map Space working with Trinity Laban String Ensemble and soloist/director Nic Pendlebury. It is such a privilege to be making a site-specific piece in this iconic space, around themes of climate change and ocean pollution. The session focussed on us trying out ideas in the unique acoustic of the venue, and testing practicalities such as cueing over distance and moving and playing.

This project is generously supported by:

 
 

Production supported by the Gemma Classical Music Trust Registered Charity No. 1121090 Gemma Classical Music Trust. http://gemmatrust.com/