The Sonification of Deptford Power Station, Call & Response (2011)
C&R presents a generative, 4-channel audio installation at Agency Gallery in South London, using the SELCHP electricity plant as a data source. Forming part of sonic workshop series Code of Contingency, our workshop on June 14th will focus on strategies for exploring audio media ecologies, data sonification an basic environmental sound recording.
The SELCHP is a major incineration plant located in South Bermondsey near the Agency Gallery. Data from the power output of the plant and power consumption of the gallery will be used to inform the resultant audio of the work at any given time. As such the work is a sonic representation of the energy consumed by the works in the show throughout its duration.
As part of our participation at Agency, we will give an artist talk and workshop on June 14th exploring environmental thinking, composition and media ecology. We will focus on local sound issues and data sonification with special emphasis on multi-channel diffusion. Using the work as a discursive object, participants will think about strategies for creating an audio installation using field recordings, exploring aleatoric, process and generative compositional techniques.
The workshop will begin with a visit to the show at Agency Gallery. It is open to everyone including those interested in acoustic ecology, generative composition, environmental art and sound art.
Participants should bring their own laptops. If participants own recording devices, these should be brought as well. Please see the Code of Contingency website for further information on booking a place at our workshop. Other artists participating at Agency include Lucky Dragons, Tom Richards and Tomutonttu.