Warp + Weft was created over a 5 day residency hosted by A+E LAB at Chatham Historic Dockyards. The residency allowed for the exploration of the Game of Life Wave Field Synthesis system; an array of 192 speakers enabling a unique spatial investigation of sound composition.
The WFS system synthesises wave fronts according to a principle of the Dutch mathematician and physicist Christiaan Huygens from the 17th century. The basic procedure of WFS was developed in 1988 by Professor Berkhout at the Technical University of Delft.
Special thanks must go to Aoi Nakmaura and Esteban Lecoq of A+E Lab, Casper Schipper from The Game of Life and a supporting artists bursary from a-n The Artists Information Company for making this incredible experience possible.
The resulting work investigates spatial dynamics of scale and perception across Cosmic data sources; exploring opportunities for the sonification of gravitational wave data centred around anthropocentric scales of experience. The residency allowed for the responsive spatial and dynamic investigation of direct audio sources, archival content and the creation of custom wavetables to consider the nature of waves across a range of contexts alongside reframing associated poetries of connection.
Although the experience of being in the presence of the WFS system cannot be recreated by any other means; the following video work provides an approximation of the composition explored during the residency and has been prepared for headphones.