Wednesday, April 20, 2:00PM
Location: Revelle 4301
Adjunct Professor of English, SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo, NY
Making the Numbers Sing-Whispers in the Ross Ice Shelf
From the ancient Greeks to Galileo, music played a vital role in the integrated knowledge set of Science, Philosophy, Mathematics and the Arts. Composer Glenn McClure is recapturing this fusion of knowledge and practice through the translation of scientific data sets into works of music. Mr. McClure will demonstrate his process of mining dramatic and emotional content from numerical data through his recent work with Flight Dynamics Support specialist Alastair McDonald (CGI (Germany) GmbH & Co. KG) of the European Space Agency Rosetta Mission, and extending this methodology with his current collaboration with Dr. Peter Bromirski on the dynamic response of the Ross Ice Shelf, transforming wave-induced vibrations and the Antarctic setting into a suite of sounds that incorporate the full range of ice shelf environmental variations. Mr. McClure has employed many data translation strategies, including the division of maximum/minimum values into modulo 7 to align with the notes of major or minor scales.