Listening to Energy Flow

Some interesting listening:

It’s a rHidden Fields-164ecording of the sound sculptures generated at our recent¬†danceroom Spectroscopy installation at the Barbican. It’s a gentle, ambient sound that ebbs, flows, and washes over you. I’ve been enjoying it. All the sounds were generated in real-time, from the motion of peoples’ virtual energy fields within the exhibition space. There’s three primary components that contribute to the sound:

  1. The vibrational energy of people’s fields. These are measured in real-time by taking a Fourier Transform of the atomic dynamics, and generate the deep wave-like sounds you hear in the recording.
  2. The location and motion of different particle clusters. The motion of peoples’¬† fields creates transient atomic clusters, which we detect and assign to different sonic channels. The cluster positions and velocities generate different sounds.
  3. The atom-atom collisions. The motion of people’s fields causes different atoms to collide. In the recording, these collisions generate the delicate tinkling sounds.

London Art Premier!

So here’s a funny thing for a scientist to announce… My premier on the London arts scene! It takes place over the 3rd-4th November at the Barbican Arts Centre! The interactive quantum dynamics project that I dreamed up almost two years ago, danceroom Spectroscopy (dS for short), is headlining a (FREE!) Barbican-wide arts festival called Natural Circuits. The installation will run both days from 11 am – 7 pm. Interspersed throughout will be six performances of Hidden Fields (three each day), our genre-defying dance performance – where the movement of dancers’ energy fields actually control the sounds and graphics generated within the piece. If you’re in town, drop by!