Visible Music Soundscapes
for festivals, lectures, exhibits.. and more
Visible Music composes ambient soundscapes (music+sound effects)
for a variety of events, including pre-lecture presentations,
special events at festivals, and art and photography exhibits.
Some soundscapes consist entirely of sound effects, others are entirely instrumental. However, most pieces are a blend of the two, with melodic material
often being generated from original sound effects.
Soundscapes to precede talks/lectures are usually 7-10 minutes in duration,
and can be repeated as audiences are entering the venues.
The rationale is similar to that of audience warm-up: live broadcasts typically begin
with a music warm-up to get the audience in the mood for the act to follow,
be it politician, comedian or pop group. We simply extend this idea
to suit the case of lecture presentations.
Soundscapes for exhibits and displays are usually much longer, often 20-30 minutes.
CHELTENHAM SCIENCE FESTIVAL (12-17 June 2012)
Over two dozen soundscapes to precede talks on topics ranging from dark matter,
climate change, ecosystems, wind power and human evolution.
More info on science festivals
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL INAUGURAL LECTURE (12 June 2012)
A 7-min soundscape to precede Professor Risto Kauppinen's Lecture on
'Exploring the brain with nuclear magnetic resonance'.
CAMBRIDGE SCIENCE FESTIVAL Univ of Cambridge (March 2012)
1. Volcanoes: beauty and menace, photographic exhibition:
soundscape music, 25-min, played to accompany the exhibit;
2. Eruptions that shook the world, lecture by Dr Clive Oppenheimer:
5-min soundscape played immediately before the lecture. Listen to excerpt
ROBOTICS EVENT Science City Bristol (2012)
Soundscape music, 8-min, played before main speaking events, March 2012,
at Bristol and Bath Science Park, Bristol
THE ART OF SCIENCE Exhibit, Univ of Bristol (Nov 2011)
Soundscape music (ambient, background), 24-min,
for a photographic exhibition, Univ of Bristol, Medical Sciences Building
Link to excerpt
DREAM ON! Theatre production (2011)
Soundscape music for Dept of Drama production,
Simon Jones, Director, 27-29 January performances
Link to excerpt
CENTRE FOR NANOSCIENCE AND QUANTUM INFORMATION,
Inauguration Ceremony, Univ of Bristol (Sept 2009)
Soundscape created using recorded sounds of the building,
played in the foyer of the new NSQI Centre. Listen
5-min Nanoscience film made by NW, with original soundtrack, screened at ceremony.
Link to film (see Nanoscience)
ROYAL SOCIETY SUMMER EXHIBITION (2008)
Two soundscapes (music and penguins) to accompany the Univ of Bristol
Dept of Physics' exhibit at the Royal Society, London: 'Spot the Penguin'
Listen to excerpt of penguins
SCISATIONAL films, Univ of Bristol (2007)
Opening title music/sound effects and final end credits composed
for 8 science films made by Bristol-area students, organised by
the Centre for Public Engagement. View excerpt
BRUNEL.BRISTOL lecture (2006)
Music soundscape/sound effects to precede the University of Bristol
Vice-Chancellor's Lecture on Bristol, Science and Brunel (Dec. 2006). Listen
Link to Alumni website page