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Hacking the Silence: A Sonification of Senate House Library
Thu 24 November 2016, 19:00 – 20:30 GMT
This live performance is the culmination of a ten month sound art residency, funded by The Leverhulme Trust, hosted by Senate House Library. Using the sounds in the silence of the library, the changes, caused by the ongoing University of London redevelopment program, are documented; as library spaces are re-purposed for the digital age, in a sonic testament to the library, reflecting the historical and cultural identity of Senate House. The building is represented in a dynamic, immersive, 3D soundscape with audio-visuals, in which the sounds of the building are controlled by the building. This forms the sonic foundation for an Orwellian sonification, interpreting themes from the library collections and human narratives, gathered over the residency, the Hopes and Fears, Utopia and Dystopia.
Sounds are manipulated with live coding, gestural controllers and Granular Synthesis combined with musique concréte, structured in musical form. Each section features devices built through the residency, concluding in the revelation of the audio archive stored in “The Memory Hole” sound installation. Visitors can contribute to 'The Memory Hole' in the Senate House Entrance lobby, throughout the festival and hear their contribution in the live performance.
This event is part of the University of London's hub programme, 'Ministry of hope and fear', for the Being Human festival.
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