PRiSM Events

Data Sensorium: Sonification Edition

Tuesday 3 October 2017, 4.00pm

Dr Margaret Schedel (Stony Brook University, New York)

PRiSM Launch Event: Research Presentation

Studio 7, RNCM

Sonification can be used for purely scientific purposes, or as the basis for musical composition. There is a continuum between auditory display, which attempts to faithfully reproduce data in audio, and composition in which creativity can be king. In each case, aesthetic decisions must be made in order to translate data into the auditory domain—either to bring out or hide a quality in the data or to massage the sound of the data in order to fit musical goals. In this talk I will cover several case studies of sonification at Stony Brook University, from x-ray scattering of nano-structures, to FMRI’s of the brain, to the gait of patients with Parkinson’s Disease.

Margaret Anne Schedel is a composer and cellist specializing in the creation and performance of ferociously interactive media whose works have been performed throughout the United States and abroad. As an Associate Professor of Music at Stony Brook University, she serves as Co-Director of Computer Music and is the Director of cDACT, the consortium for digital arts, culture and technology.

Th3 Ma8ic 4lute

Wednesday 4 October 2017, 2.30pm

Marcus du Sautoy and RNCM School of Vocal Studies and Opera

PRiSM Launch Event

Studio 6, RNCM

Research Forum: In Conversation

Wednesday 4th October 2017, 4.15pm

Emily Howard and Marcus du Sautoy in conversation with Penny Sarchet

PRiSM Launch Event

RNCM Forman Lecture Theatre, RNCM

Composer Emily Howard (Director, PRiSM) and mathematician Marcus du Sautoy (Co-Director, PRiSM; Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and Professor of Mathematics, University of Oxford) in conversation with Penny Sarchet (Senior Editor, New Scientist)

The Music of Proof

Wednesday 4 October 2017, 7.30pm

Emily Howard and Marcus du Sautoy with performances by RNCM Musicians

PRiSM Launch Event

In association with Manchester Science Festival and Oxford e-Research Centre

RNCM Concert Hall, RNCM

Is there maths hidden inside music? Is there music hidden in maths? This October, PRiSM, based at the RNCM, is exploring the eternal connection and differences between the art of music and the science of maths. Listen to a new collection of miniatures for string quartet: five short movements each associated with a different mathematical idea. Play with a new app that will be launched during the evening inviting the audience to match the maths in musical fragments. Join composer Emily Howard and mathematician Marcus du Sautoy in a discussion about how maths and music are intertwined.

Find out more and book tickets here

Exploring Sonification

Tuesday 24 October 2017, 3.00pm

Composer Jamie Perera in conversation with Emily Howard

PRiSM Launch Event: Composer Presentation with RNCM School of Composition

Studio 4, RNCM

Jamie Perera is a composer who works with relevant sound in meaningful ways. Examples of this approach include using Iowa radio static in an Emmy nominated film about child poverty in the USA, making music from prime numbers with Oxford’s Simonyi Professor Marcus Du Sautoy, recording fists striking the human body as a drum for a C4 series on gang violence, sequencing car parts for Chevrolet, sonifying climate change data for The Serpentine Gallery and creating a soundtrack out of guns for Amnesty International.

In this session Jamie will present examples of work that have led him into the realms of sonification, discuss issues around sonification for those exploring the subject themselves, and test some of these issues first hand in a short workshop to discuss students’ work and sonify prepared materials.

The Music of Proof: The Second Movement

Tuesday 24 October 2017, 7.30pm

Marcus du Sautoy with Jamie Perera, Michelle Phillips and Emily Howard

PRiSM Launch Event

Manchester Science Festival

Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

Please book here via the Manchester Science Festival website