CYCLES OF HEALING


A five-channel composition developed during a residency at the Centre for System Modelling and Quantitative Biomedicine, University of Birmingham (Jan. 2020–21). Part of the composition was showcased as online exhibition and will be shown physically in 2022.

Cycles of Healing is an evolving composition for five voices based on the research ‘Uncovering the links between stress hormones and inflammatory mediators during and after cardiac surgery’. PI: Ben Gibbison (University of Bristol). Co-Is: Eder Zavala, Jamie Walker (University of Exeter), Gianni Angelini (University of Bristol), Stafford Lightman (University of Bristol), Daniel Galvis.

The composition is generated in real time and evolves in a recursive trend. Each of the five voices behave independently, however, the behaviour of one affects the others. Consequently, the system slowly moves from states of instability (or inflammation) to states of harmony (or healing). The result is a self-sustaining compositional organism, whose continous cycles of instability and harmony structure the piece.

The graphic score below illustrates the relationship between each voice. The hormones ACTH and Cortisol make up the harmonic axis of the piece, oscillating at 110hz. The outer triangle (Speakers Array) is made up of the inflammatory mediators TNF-α and IL6 and an Inflammation voice. During the period of a cycle, the outer triangle moves from dissonance towards consonance with the harmonic axis.