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The utterance of a cosmological model?

18:21 by Gavin Starks

“On 12 April 1961 Yuri Gagarin became the first human in outer space and the first to orbit the Earth. 2011 sees the fiftieth anniversary of that event…”

I am speaking at Heavenly Discourses on Sunday 16th October 16:45 – 18:00. PANEL: Music

I’ll be presenting new work (including sounds and pictures derived from ALMA) that my great collaborators, Andrew Newsam and Julie Freeman, have helped me with (thank you!)

Here’s the abstract of my paper. I am delighted to have been accepted  -esp. as I’m one of the few non-institutional presenters at the conference.

The utterance of a cosmological model?

A conjoining of languages, Acoustic Cosmology is an attempt to describe our audible worlds – a 21st century progression of the music of the spheres – a narrative of acoustic sculpture within n-dimensional space. With no intentional stance on sound as a cultural construct or phenomenology, we openly explore links between cosmology and music, using the language of mathematics and sonic art.

Building on the works Trevor Wishart and Jean-Pierre Luminet, and developed by professional astronomers and musicians, we question and connect the fabric of these non-verbal languages.

Using cosmology and sonic art as its basis, this paper will provide a journey of discovery – a basis for discussion in the junction between music and astronomy, opening up new methods of comprehending scale, connection, depth and complexity. Sound examples and visuals will be included in the presentation.

Binary Dust, “Joan of Arc” – now live

23:52 by Gavin Starks

Joan of Arc is now available. I took the photo on Arran in December last year.

Hope you like it.

[other links: Diogenes, Boomkat, iTunes]

Another image

01:13 by Gavin Starks

experimenting with the copper printout of the name….

Binary Dust, “Absorptance” – now live

23:43 by Gavin Starks

So, “roughly monthly” didn’t quite happen… mostly work taking precedent, and partly getting a photo to go with it.

Composed nine years after Tempest, Absorptance was the first experiment in pulling together the textural soundscape aesthetic with more melodic and rhythmic style of some of my earlier pieces.

You can listen here, and if you like it can buy on iTunes.

(NB: you’ll see another piece in iTunes already (the joys of managing releases … more on that soon).

Binary Dust, “Tempest” – now live

00:16 by Gavin Starks


Well, here we go – this has been a while coming… 17 years or thereabouts.

Tempest, originally composed in 1993, is the first release of “Binary Dust”, a series of works that I’ve developed since then, and am continuing to develop.

Very much a slow-bake project, I’ll be releasing new tracks (roughly) monthly, for at least the next 8-10 months. You can see the names of the pieces on the home page, and they’ll go live when they’re distributed. There are also some special events, objects and things in development.

If you’d like me to e-mail you when new things are out, please use, or follow @BinaryDust on twitter, or track the Facebook page.

I hope you enjoy Tempest, and would love to hear from you if you have any questions or leave a comment below.



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The Gloup

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Rothko’s Cabinet

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White Devil

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