Monday, 8 March 2010

musical corner at lloyds?

inspriatio for lloyds corner?

If you've recently visited the University of Plymouth in Devon, or you're a student there right now, then you might be familiar with the Roland Levinsky building -- a monolithic construction built in 2007 to house the arts and architecture faculties on the edge of the University. Each year, the institution holds a festival called the Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival, which is now in its sixth year.

This year, however, the organisers have chosen to begin the festival in a rather innovative way -- by turning the building itself into an instrument. In a performance called "Sunlight Symphony: Sunrise", artists Alexis Kirke and Tim Hodgson have placed light sensors in windows on each floor of the building, facing the direction of sunrise -- and as the sun emerges over the horizon and the first rays of light land on the uppermost sensor, a single note will ring out around the building.

As the light hits the next floor down, another note will sound, and so on until all nine floors are activated -- producing nine different layers of audio. Then, as the sun climbs higher in the sky and the intensity of the received light increases, the intensity and complexity of the music will build, producing melodies and harmonies that play through surround speakers located throughout the Roland Levinsky building.

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