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April 1, 2016 @ 9:00 am - December 31, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

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As the Earth spins on its axis, and day becomes night becomes day, our view on the near universe changes as seen by the changing positions of the stars in the sky. One star appears to stay stationary (the North Star); and the rest take about 23 hours 56 minutes and 4 seconds to complete one complete revolution.

aroundNorth is an eight-channel sound installation that offers its listeners the opportunity to hear this phenomenon in real time. As stars cross equally spaced virtual lines emanating from Celestial North Pole, their sound is is heard corresponding to their position in the sky, size, distance from Earth, brightness and temperature, creating a mesmerising sound map of the universe as viewed by our turning planet. If the stars were a musical instrument, how would they sound?

By referring to the host of stars out there and mapping their parameters through the medium of sound, aroundNorth opens up how we think about our stellar neighbours in a novel way. As stars move across the score's virtual lines, brighter stars sound for longer, fading in and fading out as they move across the score's virtual lines, whilst fainter stars sound shorter; stars that are closer sound louder; hotter stars crackle corresponding to their heat; and, bigger stars sound deeper whilst smaller stars are higher sounding.

aroundNorth humanises the astronomical, giving us an emotional key to help us relate the unfathomable heavens to our own experiences of time and space. With echoes of a Neolithic monument of ancient myth, the installation introduces us to a universe full of interest, encouraging us to think differently about the cosmos and our place within it.


April 1, 2016 @ 9:00 am
December 31, 2017 @ 5:00 pm


Armagh Observatory
College Hill
Armagh, Northern Ireland United Kingdom
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