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Hyperdrone #1 and #2

Hyperdrone #1 and #2

Troisi, Anna ORCID: 0000-0002-6868-4424 (2015) Hyperdrone #1 and #2. [Composition]

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The soundscape “Hyperdrone #1” is a soundscape commissioned by Office of Experiments while “Hyperdrone #2” was composed for the Theremin Centenary Concert and performed by Lydia Kavina. The use of the media is seen in the project as a positive model of action and carries a political significance due to the nature of the data utilised for the composition. The data was supplied by the Atomic Weapons Establishment Blacknest, Reading UK, which is part of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO), which monitors the ground for nuclear scale explosions. This data is now contributing to other systems, such as early warning earthquake and tsunami alerts data. This network was created for the purposes of maintaining peace through an International Treaty which bans nuclear weapons development and testing.


The sonification aggregates data from a range of seismic stations. Data- gathering was a significant part of the research process, before it could be programmed into a soundscape first and a composition later. The audio is arranged to be played back at frequencies that generate resonance in the immediate environment, making objects and bodies vibrate and hum.


The soundscape “Hyperdrone #1”was executed in various galleries and academic conferences nationally and internationally such as “The Wysing Arts Centre” (Cambridge, 2015), The exhibition “9 events” curated by Neal White and Tine O’Connell at the Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Arts, (London 2016), The exhibition “Sites of Excavation and Construction” curated by Neal White at the gallery “Objectif Exhibitions” (Antwerp 2016). The composition “Hyperdrone #2” was performed for the Theremin Centenary Concert (w. Lydia Kavina) and the Loudspeaker Orchestra the 19th of February at St. Alfege Church, Greenwich, London.

Item Type: Composition
Uncontrolled Keywords: Seismic data, sound composition, theremin, data sonification
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Design (DES)
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