City of Things – my new sound installation that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the ‘new town’ of Milton Keynes is now open in centre:mk. City of Things is a 60 channel work that uses my field recordings as the starting point for composition. It features local birds, bats, mosquitos, buddhists, football fans, choirs and the voice of performance poet Murray Lachlan Young. The sound is embedded into the building itself using a system of resonators on the huge glass windows of the Grade II listed shopping centre, speakers hidden in plants and trees and sound diffused over the tannoy system.
I am delighted to have a new work, Resonant Space, at Temple Contemporary in Philadelphia. Resonant Space considers signals that exist in the silence of outer space and includes VLF natural radio signals and solar resonances. This is the latest in a series of ‘silences’ commissioned by curator Robert Blackson that includes work by Cornelia Parker, Sophie Calle and Autumn Chacon. Thanks to Arts Council England Artists international Development Fund and The Andy Warhol Foundation for supporting this new work. Further information is available on Temple Contemporary website.
In May I visited the Stellar Astrophysics Centre in Aarhus with Prof Bill Chaplin from University of Birmingham to meet his asteroseismology colleagues in Denmark and learn about the new mission that will be sending back stellar resonance data in 2018. Following my very fulfilling Leverhulme Artist residency in the School of Physics and Astronomy at University of Birmingham where I worked with NASA Kepler data, I am looking forward to listening to data from another mission and making new work with it!
Caroline sings with Brian Molko on Placebo new Life’s What You Make It EP – a cover of Rowland S Howard’s Autoluminescent – and provides backing vocals on Placebo’s new single Jesus’ Son. Caroline previously sang under the name Severe Loren for Placebo back in 2000 appearing on Special K and Taste in Men on the Black Market Music LP.
I am delighted that my compositional work on stellar resonances and my collaboration with Prof Bill Chaplin of the School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Birmingham feature in the newly published report from AHRC: Understanding the value of arts and culture. The report presents the outcome of the AHRC Cultural Value Project which looked into the question of why the arts and culture matter, and how we capture the effects that they have. The report is available here on the AHRC website.
Poetics of (Outer) Space 0001 is a one-off vinyl record exhibited as part of the group show MK Calling at MK Gallery. Comprising a live recording of the sound installation Poetics of (Outer) Space, the vinyl hangs vertically on the wall of MK Gallery and is the first in a series of unique vinyl discs, each cut from a different section of the composition. MK Calling runs until 6 Sept.
5 Minute Oscillations of the Sun – my sound installation made with data from the BiSON team at University of Birmingham will feature on BBC World Service at 3pm today. Honor Harger, curator of the ArtScience Museum in Singapore will talk about the work and the methods I used to sonify the data on Sounds of Space: The Solar System – an episode of the weekly Discovery Science slot.