This curious contraption which seems to have landed in the grounds of Chelsea School of Art is the Be Open Sound Portal – a surround sound listening environment designed by Arup Acoustics. All this week it is in residence at Chelsea, just next to Tate Britain and I was asked to contribute a piece to one of the programmes that will be playing there. Opening times are here http://soundingspace.tumblr.com/times. My piece is first in the LCC block which is at different times each day. Mine is called ATC Zero.
Taking as its starting point two recordings I made in London after the eruption of the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull, which left all air traffic grounded for several days (a condition known as ATC Zero), the piece moves through an invented landscape of exterior and interior spaces (including that of the Portal itself) and explores the simultaneous feelings of openness and enclosure experienced in that time. Its basically a chance to experiment with some vaguely ambisonic techniques, both recorded and synthesized. Check it out if you are in the area!