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      Listening to a Painting and Communing with Bees; Heavy Metal and the Oratorio for a Million Souls

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      RE:SOUND 2019 – 8th International Conference on Media Art, Science, and Technology (RE:SOUND 2019)

      Media Art, Science, and Technology

      August 20-23, 2019

      Art and Science, Data sonification, Environmental sound-art, Art and Biology, Computer Graphics, Computer Vision, Data Visualisation and Analysis, Socio-Technical System, Sound Computing

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          Abstract

          This paper explores different approaches to the sonification and visualisation of two environmental projects undertaken by Nigel Helyer in conjunction with John Drummond.

          The interactive installation Heavy Metal is focussed upon the real-time analysis and sonification of the chemical elements in a painting via a camera vision system, whilst the Oratorio for a Million Souls project concerns the behaviour and acoustic properties of live bee colonies manifest in the creation of real-time multi-channel sound compositions and associated sound architectures.

          Whilst these two projects differ in terms of methodology, aesthetics and technical approach they both share a direct concern with a deep analysis of the underlying environmental structures and perceptual frameworks that emerge in direct embodied encounters — on one hand the discovery of what lies behind the surface of a painted image in terms of chemical and colour structures — and in the case of Oratorio, a compelling immersion into the acoustic environment of Bees.

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          Contributors
          Conference
          August 2019
          August 2019
          : 15-21
          Affiliations
          Macquarie University

          Sydney, Australia
          The University of Newcastle

          Newcastle, Australia
          Article
          10.14236/ewic/RESOUND19.3
          © Helyer et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of RE:SOUND 2019

          This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

          RE:SOUND 2019 – 8th International Conference on Media Art, Science, and Technology
          RE:SOUND 2019
          8
          Aalborg, Denmark
          August 20-23, 2019
          Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
          Media Art, Science, and Technology
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          Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
          Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
          Categories
          Electronic Workshops in Computing

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