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Flow Motion: Astro Black Morphologies

Flow Motion: Astro Black Morphologies
Flow Motion: Astro Black Morphologies
Astro Black Morphologies is a multimedia exhibition of work by artists Flow Motion that creates a dialogue between contemporary astronomy, digital art and electronic music.

Flow Motion (artists and musicians, Eddie George and Anna Piva) has been working with experts in the field of astrophysics to produce this unique and fascinating piece of work.

In 2002, scientist Phil Uttley at the University of Southampton announced that data readings of X-ray detritus from black hole Cygnus X-1 showed variations which were implicitly musical in structure.

Working with Phil Uttley, Flow Motion used the X-ray data gathered by NASA’s Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer satellite as the basis of installations and collaborated with astronomer Tim O’Brien at Jodrell Bank Observatory, to convert this data from text to audible phenomena.

Using the processed based technologies and techniques for subtracting, reshaping, and resounding sound sources particular to granular synthesis, Dub and electronica, Flow Motion make audible the music of black hole Cygnus X-1. With generative design by Adrian Ward, the resulting installations transform Cygnus X-1’s data into a multi-sensory experience of colour, light and sound.

The first installation is a soundscape immersed in projected images drawn from Cygnus X-1’s light curve. With speakers installed throughout the space, spectators can experience the strange and beautiful music of a black hole.

The second installation will present three circular floor projections with the treated fragments from Flow Motions archive of cosmic sounds - the pulses of the star clusters of Tucanae, the whistles, tweaks and spherics of Earth’s planetary sounds – structured around voices floating in and out of the space, reciting fragments from Cygnus X-1’s data sequence.

This innovative experience will allow its audience to feel, see and hear one of the most mysterious aspects of the universe, the existence of black holes
installation, audio, curation, exhibition, black hole, nasa, Cygnus X-1, astronomy, astrophysics, electronica, dub, digital art, space, music, data
Foster, Stephen
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(2005) Flow Motion: Astro Black Morphologies.

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Abstract

Astro Black Morphologies is a multimedia exhibition of work by artists Flow Motion that creates a dialogue between contemporary astronomy, digital art and electronic music.

Flow Motion (artists and musicians, Eddie George and Anna Piva) has been working with experts in the field of astrophysics to produce this unique and fascinating piece of work.

In 2002, scientist Phil Uttley at the University of Southampton announced that data readings of X-ray detritus from black hole Cygnus X-1 showed variations which were implicitly musical in structure.

Working with Phil Uttley, Flow Motion used the X-ray data gathered by NASA’s Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer satellite as the basis of installations and collaborated with astronomer Tim O’Brien at Jodrell Bank Observatory, to convert this data from text to audible phenomena.

Using the processed based technologies and techniques for subtracting, reshaping, and resounding sound sources particular to granular synthesis, Dub and electronica, Flow Motion make audible the music of black hole Cygnus X-1. With generative design by Adrian Ward, the resulting installations transform Cygnus X-1’s data into a multi-sensory experience of colour, light and sound.

The first installation is a soundscape immersed in projected images drawn from Cygnus X-1’s light curve. With speakers installed throughout the space, spectators can experience the strange and beautiful music of a black hole.

The second installation will present three circular floor projections with the treated fragments from Flow Motions archive of cosmic sounds - the pulses of the star clusters of Tucanae, the whistles, tweaks and spherics of Earth’s planetary sounds – structured around voices floating in and out of the space, reciting fragments from Cygnus X-1’s data sequence.

This innovative experience will allow its audience to feel, see and hear one of the most mysterious aspects of the universe, the existence of black holes

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Accepted/In Press date: 2005
Additional Information: Collaboration with Arts Catalyst. Toured to Dana Centre, National Science Museum, London. Commissioned exhibition. Funded by Arts Council England
Keywords: installation, audio, curation, exhibition, black hole, nasa, Cygnus X-1, astronomy, astrophysics, electronica, dub, digital art, space, music, data
Organisations: Faculty of Humanities, Professional Services

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Local EPrints ID: 355937
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/355937
PURE UUID: fceaf452-dd17-4d3d-b8df-81a99061b1f5

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Date deposited: 25 Oct 2013 10:10
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 03:42

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Curator of an exhibition: Stephen Foster

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