Sounds of Space @Bluedot 2019

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This year BAS researcher Dr. Nigel Meredith will be showcasing the ‘sounds of space‘ at Bluedot – the UK’s premier science and music festival at Jodrell Bank Observatory. Join him and Diana Scarborough to explore the amazing variety of natural ‘sounds’ from space detected at Halley Research Station.

Discover how these remarkable “sounds” have been used to create performances, new music, and short films. Nigel will also reveal how the recordings from Halley have been used to enhance the exploration gameplay in the space simulation video game Elite Dangerous.

About the speakers:

Dr Nigel Meredith is a space weather research scientist at British Antarctic Survey. He uses satellite data to develop global models of plasma waves in near Earth space for input into radiation belt codes and, ultimately, to forecast space weather. He is also interested in extreme space weather and has recently applied extreme value analysis to long-term satellite datasets to determine the 1 in 10, 1 in 50 and 1 in 100 year space weather events. This is important for assessing the impact of extreme events on the world’s satellite fleet. He enjoys exploring how to make scientific data more accessible and is currently involved in an art-science collaboration, “sounds of space”. He has published 111 papers in peer-reviewed journals covering a wide range of topics in space plasma physics.

Diana Scarborough is an artist – engineer whose multimedia practice is cross-discipline and collaborative. She takes inspiration from research that embraces concepts of data, code, sound, archival history, technology and environmental concerns and rephrases them from an art perspective. She uses film, animation, soundscapes, light, technology, dancers and musicians as a palette to translate data into an immersive experience that is tangible, surprising, relevant and inclusive. She has been collaborating with Nigel since 2016 and this recent project, “sounds of space” has received much interest in the art and science fields. Short films inspired by this art-science collaboration are being shown at the Venice Biennale this year.

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