Noise Orchestra take over National Media Museum

Date Posted: 10/09/2015

Sound artists, the Noise Orchestra, are set to take over as artists in residence at the National Media Museum in West Yorkshire from tomorrow (11th September) until 1st November.

Artists Vicky Clarke and David Birchall, who are collectively known as Noise Orchestra, will be answering the question: what would museum objects sound like if they were turned into music? 

The project, which has been inspired by 1920s Russian avant-garde art, will create an experimental sound laboratory in the museum as part of its Light Fantastic: Adventures in the Science of Light exhibition, which also runs until 1st November.

In the laboratory David and Vicky will be making paper stencils based on shapes found in objects from the museum’s collections of photography, television and cinematography, then running them through beams of light to create sounds using photosensitive Theremins (electronic musical instruments).

The sounds will culminate in a live light and sound show on 31st October, when the duo ‘play’ the collections before an audience.

Visitors will be able to make and play their own paper shapes every Saturday and Sunday at weekend workshops.

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Pictured: Noise Orchestra Play the Collections  (Photo credit: Anna Budrys).

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