I am the artist in residence at the Centre for System Modelling and Quantitative Biomedicine, University of Birmingham.ABOUT
As part of this residency (January to October 2020) I am developing a multi-channel sound piece that mimics the interaction model between hormones and inflammatory mediators during cardiac surgery. The final piece will be showcased at Centrala Birmingham between September and October 2020.
Together with the researchers (Eder Zavala, Ben Gibbison, Jamie Walker and Danny Galvis) I designed an approximated version of this model, which highlights the feedback cycles and the dynamic interactions of each part. The resulting composition is made up of five voices with each voice allocated a distinct output, the sound sources are arrayed following the diagram below. At the centre of this diagram we find the hormones ACTH and Cortisol, which make up the harmonic centre of the piece (picture below). The harmonic centre oscillates on a frequency of 110hz, ACTH and CORT harmonise this tone to create a stacked chord which acts as the pivot of the composition. The outer triangle is made up of the inflammatory mediators TNF-α and IL6 and an Inflammation voice. During each composition cycle the outer triangle moves the inflammation harmony from a point of dissonance towards consonance with the harmonic centre. This composition is generated in real time using Cycling’74 Max.
APPROXIMATED INTERACTION MODEL
FIVE CHANNELS SPEAKER ARRAY
HARMONIC CENTRE (CORTISOL + ACTH): HARMONISATION OF A 110HZ TONE.