Wayne Siegel: Everyone Talks about the Weather

A 12-hour concert for robot-controlled pipe organ
Sunday, September 8th, 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Symphony Hall, The Concert Hall Aarhus

The doors remain open, come and go as you please
The work will be played without intermission. Admission is free.

Music for robot-controlled pipe organ and weather satellite
The huge pipe organ recently constructed and installed in the Symphony Hall of the Concert Hall Aarhus was built by Klais Orgelbau in Bonn and contains over 3,000 pipes. The instrument employs direct electric action, allowing the organ to be controlled digitally from two identical organ consoles in two locations: one fixed console situated near the pipes themselves, and another movable console, designed for placement on the stage.

Wayne Siegel, composer and professor of electronic music at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, has “hacked” the Klais organ’s computer system, allowing an external computer to control this enormous instrument without the intervention of a human performer. '

Siegel then designed a computer program that uses generative music algorithms to “compose” organ music: a kind of composer robot. The compositional rules are set by the composer, but the generative algorithms continuously and endlessly generate and transform the work without human intervention. Data from a weather satellite is fed directly into the computer program and used to control the algorithms. Essentially, the weather is conducting the music while the computer is composing it.

“Everyone Talks about the Weather” is a site-specific installation with no beginning or end. The audience is invited to enter and leave the hall at any time between 11:00 AM and 11:00 PM to experience how the composition (and the weather) develop in the course of 12 hours. At 11:00 PM on on the closing day of the Aarhus Festival Wayne Siegel will shut down the computer, the organ and most appropriately for the festival theme: “Signs of Life - in a New Reality”

Siden er sidst opdateret ons d. 4. september 2013

Click for link to audio example: How does the wheater sound?