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Thesis 1

Thesis Title: Portfolio of Soundscape and Installation Based Music
Degree Type: PhD
Degree Specialism: Composition
Supervisor(s): Dr Paul Wilson
Thesis Status: In Progress
Institution Submitting / Submitted To: Queens University of Belfast

Thesis 2

Thesis Title: Envirosoundometer: For Wind, Rain and Sunlight. The Development of an Interactive Audio Installation
Degree Type: MA
Degree Specialism: Music Technology
Supervisor(s): Rory Walsh
Thesis Status: Accepted
Date Submitted / Accepted: 2009
Institution Submitting / Submitted To: Dundalk Institute of Technology
Key Issues / Concepts: Interactive installation design & development
Abstract: Installation art uses media to modify the way a particular space is experienced. It is not necessarily confined to gallery type space and can use any material intervention in everyday public or private spaces. Installation art incorporates almost any media to create an experience in a particular environment, often with great emphasis on improvisation for accurate adaptation into the particular environment in question. Materials used in contemporary installation art range from everyday natural materials to new media such as video, sound, performance, and the internet. Some installations are site-specific in that they are designed to exist only in the space for which they were created; others are adaptive to any environment in which they are installed.
Interactive Installations are particularly more specific to their surroundings as the artist attempts to include the participation of the environmental space in which the art is installed. This interactive participation could include the proximity of a passer by, the dramatic change in lighting, or even a rise or fall in environmental sound.

With the rapid improvement of technology over the years, artists are more able to explore outside the boundaries that were inaccessible in the past. The media used are more experimental and bold; they are also usually cross media and may involve sensors, which can play on the reaction to the audiencesí movement when observing the installations.

In the case of the installation being developed and documented here; the primary concept is that there is strong relationship between audio being produced and atmospheric conditions around it. The listener is made aware of this relationship through the manner of which the audio being produced. The weather conditions are directly related to the extent that rain accounts for one factor of audible production, wind can account for another and sunlight can produce another facet. These are the primary parameters for audio interaction. Secondary parameters can include: the length of time wind blows at a constant pace, extent of the rainfall (e.g. drizzle or downpour), and the degree of dramatic change in sunlight. This document reveals the development of a sound installation that interacts with atmospheric conditions of the environment. Included in this document are the planning stages, the implementation and the results of the system, which are all divulged in detail.

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