"Strata Sequence"

From Musical Rocks to Palaeo-Soundscapes

Robert Mackay

"Strata Sequence" is a body of work comprising a range of creative outputs, including compositions and installations. The work represents a series of collaborations with museums and festivals related by the theme of geology. The first created work, "Living Waves," is a multi-channel composition interweaving field recordings from the Lake District with readings from the writings of John Ruskin alongside recordings of a specially created lithophone (the Brantwood Musical Stones) played by Dame Evelyn Glennie. An interactive audio-visual installation, "Strata," was subsequently created utilizing the Xbox Kinect sensor with custom software created in MAX. This allows participants to play a virtual version of the Brantwood Musical Stones via hand movements in front of a video screen, and is designed for touring. An on-line geological soundmap of Cumbria is also being created to represent sounds above and below the ground. The final part of the sequence is the recreation of a Jurassic soundscape entitled "Re-imagining the Jurassic." This was created for a 16 month exhibition at Scarborough's Rotunda Museum called "Scarborough's Lost Dinosaurs."

Journal Divergence Press
Year 2015
Issue 4
Pages np

Mackay, Robert (2015) "Strata Sequence": From Musical Rocks to Palaeo-Soundscapes. In: Divergence Press, No. 4, pp. np. Available at https://openmusiclibrary.org/article/144416/.


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