Adventures in acoustic cosmology

ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY PRESS RELEASE Adventures in acoustic cosmology RAS PR 17/30 (NAM 13) 3rd July 2017 A project that explores whether there is a musical equivalent to the curvature of spacetime will be presented on Thursday 6th July by Gavin Starks at the National Astronomy Meeting at the University of Hull. Starks, who has…

TALK — Forms of Knowledge: Calculations and Creativity

      “In celebration of a new installation of work by glass artist Dr Shelley James, The Hospital Club presents a panel discussion about the science and art of data. Join Professor Arthur I Miller, author of Colliding Worlds: How cutting edge science is redefining contemporary art, and I, for a conversation chaired by Professor Barry…

Welcome back Philae!

To celebrate the news: Click the green flag and press S to start …. then press space bar to launch Philae. Arrow keys for left and right. Up arrow for thrust. If it all goes weird, hit R to reset. Hit the red landing site to get points, but not too fast or you’ll pop! You…

AMEE at Strata – talk slides

My slides from O’Reilly’s Strata conference “Making Data Work” today. I described some of AMEE’s journey: through open data aggregation and distribution, accessibility, provenance,  and structure. But better data isn’t enough – no one (well, a few) really cares about the science or the technology. We need to engage with stakeholders to provide meaningful insight…

Energy Identity

[repost of my AMEE post on Energy Identity] Since AMEE’s inception in 2005, we have recognised that the emerging sets of data needed for carbon calculation and energy assessment present huge privacy issues. Combined with the automation of data capture through smart-meters, mobiles, purchases and other “digital identity” sources there is a real need to…

ISEA 2012

I’ll be speaking at the Eighteenth International Symposium on Electronic Art, ISEA2012 Albuquerque. Machine Wilderness is a symposium and series of events exploring the discourse of global proportions on the subject of art, technology and nature. The ISEA symposium is held every year in a different location around the world, and has a 30-year history…

Listen to the colliding “Antennae Galaxies”

A sneak preview of some of the work I’ll be presenting on Sunday. Below is a radio-image taken by ALMA of the “Antennae Galaxies” colliding. We have transformed the image-cube data, in which each pixel represents an electromagnetic radio spectrum, into a sonic spectrum. By clicking the image and moving your cursor around you can…

The utterance of a cosmological model?

“On 12 April 1961 Yuri Gagarin became the first human in outer space and the first to orbit the Earth. 2011 sees the fiftieth anniversary of that event…” As part of my ongoing work on Binary Dust, I am speaking at Heavenly Discourses on Sunday 16th October 16:45 – 18:00. PANEL: Music I’ll be presenting…

A Climate of Polarisation

(copy of my post on the O’Reilly Radar) We’re all aware of the emotive language used to polarize the climate change debate. There are, however, deeper patterns which are repeated across science as it interfaces with politics and media. These patterns have always bothered me, but they’ve never been as “important” as now. We are…

Jodrell Bank, 50 years on …

This year is the 50th anniversary of Jodrell Bank. Today is also a landmark day for Jodrell Bank – the whole science team are moving from on-site, to Manchester University. While this is probably very practical, I can’t help feeling sad that this unique and historic research establishment is dramatically shifting its identity. I worked…

Archives of some things

Notes to aid my own memory Date Title 2004-03-29 BBC Charter Review feedback for WMF 2004-03-01 “Primer” on Internet Broadcasting for VET 2004-02-28 “EFF Response – Music Licensing” (hublog feedback) 2004-02-20 “To a scribe” ARCHIVE 1993-2003 2003-12-02 IMA Awards – Virgin Radio win 2003-01-01 Broadcast Engineering Article 2002-04-01 Streaming Handbook launches 2001-12-01 Radio Academy – Online Radio 2001-02-02 Communications…

ICMC presentation (3D-sound)

Part of the results of my Masters Degree in Computer-Music from Glasgow University. Amongst other things, we “streamed” uncompressed WAV files between Glasgow and Edinburgh, because we could. I went on to build a 3-site, 48 NeXT machine network to do audio research at the University. Starks, G.R. & Linton, K.N. (Sept. 1994). “sndSpace: A…