Barographic is a new site-specific composition which creates graphic scores from atmospheric pressure data, and uses the architectural form of the venue as an animated 3D sequencer.
For the first phase of the project, a clockwork barograph will be installed to record the ‘atmosphere’ at The Sage Gateshead. Over the course of four weeks (March-April 2013), a series of graphs will be produced, charting changes in atmospheric pressure during the seasonal transition from Winter to Spring.
This mechanised process will create the graphic scores which form the central elements of the new composition. Alongside these scores, the venue’s architectural structure acts as a 3D animated sequencer, creating melodies and rhythms that correspond to patterns that are inherent within the design of the building.
The finished audio-visual piece will be performed live at The Sage Gateshead on Wednesday 26 June, as part of Festival of the North East.
This project has received support from PRS For Music Foundation, Arts Council England, and Festival of the North East.