[NetBehaviour] Pixelh8 "Observations".

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Tue Feb 9 19:03:18 CET 2010

Pixelh8 "Observations".

“Observations” is an audio visual study of the people, machines and 
practices at the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge University. 
Culminating in two performances on 12th &13th of March, 2010 at 7.30pm 
during the Cambridge Science Festival.


The piece poses the question of “What does it mean to be an Astronomer?” 
and how it has evolved; from observations with the unaided eye and the 
first telescopic studies 400 years ago, to modern telescopes and 
satellites collecting data across the full reach of the spectrum, and 
the importance of theoretical study of astronomical concepts such as 

Following on from the successful “Obsolete?” in 2009 at The National 
Museum of Computing, Bletchley Park, Matthew C. Applegate aka Pixelh8 
internationally renowned “chip tune” musician will be directing, 
composing and performing this entirely new piece.

All of the sounds in the music will be recorded from the machines, 
people and interpreted from the data they collect at the Institute. This 
includes electro-mechanical, mechanical, and ambience as well as 
interviews with leading scientists and curious visitors to the Institute.

The work is supported by the researchers at The Institute of Astronomy, 
University of Cambridge and the outreach officer Dr. Carolin Crawford 
and was funded by the PRS for Music Foundation Live Connections award.

The PRS for Music Foundation (PRSF) is the UK’s largest independent 
funder of new music across all genres. Widely respected as an 
adventurous and proactive funding body, the Foundation supports an 
exceptional range of new music activity – from unsigned band showcases 
to composer residencies, from commissions for new music to experimental 
live electronica. Since March 2000 PRSF has given more than £12 million 
to over 3,000 new music initiatives.

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