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Arrival Time

Arrival Time

Thompson, Ian ORCID: 0000-0002-7143-8013 (2016) Arrival Time. [Show/Exhibition]

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“Arrival Time”, is a multi-channel sound installation. This is a durational composition, in which open data from Transport for London (in this case bus route arrival information) is used to control a SuperCollider patch, creating a generative sonic composition that progressively changes according to the pattern of bus traffic within a geographical radius selected via a GoogleMaps web interface.

The work is coded for multichannel installation, and can support up to 16 channels, although 4-8 are sufficient to create a sense of immersion and spatiality in relation to an audience’s listening position. It is intended as a gallery (rather than performance) piece and could theoretically run indefinitely (at least until TfL change the format of their data feeds).

Arrival Time was developed with funding from the University of Greenwich’s Digital Grand Challenge research programme, exploring the potential to use open data as a source for music composition. The piece also considers the threshold between purely sonifying data (for meaningful interpretation) and using data as material for musical composition, detached from its original meaning.

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Additional Information: Evaluation from Dr John Eacott: "The installation has immediate appeal and relevance in the contemporary art and music worlds. I believe that the installation has the potential to appeal to a wide audience ranging from those interested to contemporary and digital arts and music, to people interested in data representation and those interested in transport."
Uncontrolled Keywords: data, bus timetable, generative composition, electronic music, composition, sound art, installation, sonic art
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Design (DES)
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2021 13:28

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