Exploration Day success

June 2016 saw the start of collaborative work and live performances as well as establishment of the Eonsounds collective of talented contributors. [names to follow shortly]

On June 6th musicians, composers, sound technologists and geologist met at the Rymer Auditorium (University of York) to brainstorm methodologies for generating geology based music. The symposium was funded by the Humanities Research Group at University of York. The day started with introductory talks from Dr Tim Ivanic on the geology behind the idea and the nature of the data available, Dr Jude Brereton on sonification and its many uses. James Cave followed with more on the conception of the project and his experience with the time cycles and rhythmic methods of Indian classical music. Dr Carina Fearnley then shared her experiences with  multidisciplinary projects relating the public understanding of geoscience.

The participants were then allowed to form groups whereby ideas were allowed to come to the fore and spawn into new musical directions. Two main paths were explored:firstly, direct data sonification utilised chronological data from ancient rocks which were turned into sound by MAX software based on age, rock type and location information. The second line of enquiry was perhaps more abstract in that it was grounded on the essence of rock formation itself. Here, images of crystals were used as graphical notation so that improvisers could glean inspiration for the crystallization events through vast geological time and a second improviser was used to echo this motif, indicative of the longevity and future influence of strata of rock.

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