Keith Attenborough explains the Organ of Corti: part 1




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Published on Jun 7, 2011

To find out more visit: http://www.organofcorti.co.uk

More explanations from Keith, Research Professor, Acoustics Group at The Open University coming very soon.

Organ of Corti by liminal, winner of PRS for Music Foundation's New Music Award 2010, allows you to become both composer and audience as you step inside and move around this pioneering, experimental instrument. Inspiring you to explore new ways of listening by re-engaging with the sonic world around you, the Organ of Corti compels you to ask, "What defines a piece of music?"

Organ of Corti is a four metre high, visually transparent sonic crystal that takes sounds from the environment in which it is placed and recycles them, without adding any noise of its own. As you listen to sounds of road traffic or a weir filtered by the sonic crystal, you can hear musical structures in what many would consider to be merely day-to-day noise of the environments in which we live.

This summer, the Organ of Corti will tour England, to be installed and open to the public at four iconic sites. Its unique structure will be altered in response to the different sounds found at each of the four locations:
• July 1-7: City of London Festival; Carter Lane Gardens, St Paul's Cathedral
• July 9-11: Lake District Summer Music Festival; Lay-by on A685 overlooking M6,Tebay Gorge
• Aug 15-17: Cotswold Water Park; Lake 6, near A419
• Aug 19-21: Worcester Music Festival; Diglis Weir, River Severn.

Taking its name from the organ of hearing in the inner ear, the Organ of Corti explores the wider implications of recent developments in our understanding of acoustics and the neuroscience of hearing (how we listen) on health, music and culture, including our attitudes to sound in architecture, planning and our environment.

To find out more, information about the events surrounding the Organ of Corti and the development of the project please visit www.organofcorti.co.uk

Organ of Corti has been made possible through the generosity of funders, PRS for Music Foundation and Arts Council England. It is hosted by the City of London Festival, Lake District Summer Music Festival, Cotswold Water Park Trust and Worcester Music Festival. It has been developed in partnership with the Acoustics Research Group at The Open University, Vista Projects and Sustrans, with support from the Knowledge Escalator South West Proof of Concept Fund (administered by University College Falmouth), City of London Pollution Team, Eden Arts, Friends of the Lake District, Cumbria Tourism, Four Pillars Hotel, Worcester City Council, Worcestershire City Council, Severn Trent Water, Diglis Hotel, Worcester, Mark Leahy, OMK Design Consultancy and Tandem. Sponsorship from Westmorland Ltd, Westmorland Hotel and Tebay Services. Organ of Corti was developed at Space with support from The Dartington Hall Trust.


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