172 Warning Bells is a generative, responsive audio-work that seeks to question the relationship between a power and sound production. Audio material is drawn from Emergency Alert Signal tones, the same tones to be heard in the event of an emergency through the 172 sirens in and around the Indian Point Plant, a nuclear plant just outside New York City, the plant supplies around one third of the city’s power. Many of the sounds heard as part of the piece have been processed and transformed using Supercollider with power consumption of the installation itself informing which sounds are heard. The piece was originally conceived and presented as part of Code of Contingency, New York, 2012.

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