Dark Mofo, Hobart 10 & 11 June 2016

Created by artist Michaela Gleave, composer Amanda Cole, and programmer Warren Armstrong, A Galaxy of Suns is large-scale choral work and associated smart phone app that ‘plays’ the stars as they rise and set over 360˚ of the horizon – for any location on Earth. Operating on a galactic scale this project is a collaboration across contemporary art, music, astronomy and design.  A Galaxy of Suns works with the native potentials of smart device technology to create a unique experience of the cosmos accessible to audiences wherever they find themselves in the world.

Tracking the Earth’s motions through space, A Galaxy of Suns documents in real-time the audience’s precise position in relation to the stars, sonifying stellar data to create a sound and visual composition unique to their location in space and time.  Using the GPS data automatically recorded by smart phones and operational without network access, the project works with parameters such as location on the horizon, brightness, size, age and chemical composition of stars, and translates them into sonic and aesthetic variables including rhythm, pitch, volume, panning, colour and light intensity. 

A Galaxy of Suns – The Performance will premier at Dark Mofo in Dark Park, Hobart 5pm on the 10th and 11th June. Microtonal sonic cues will be delivered to members of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Chorus, allowing each to sing the stars live, in real-time for the location. A Galaxy of Suns – The App will be launched simultaneously, accessible free to festival goers, provided they’re prepared to venture out to find it…

For more information visit http://www.agalaxyofsuns.net, http://darkmofo.net.au/a-galaxy-of-suns/

Produced in association with Experimenta Media Arts

Image courtesy Michaela Gleave and Anna Pappas Gallery Melbourne.

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