Variable 4 transforms weather patterns into a living musical
composition with the same unpredictability as the elements themselves.
Using meteorological sensors connected to a custom software environment developed by the artists, the wild weather conditions of the Kent coastland act as composer, navigating through a map of 24 specifically written movements. Every aspect of the piece, from broad harmonic progressions down to individual notes and timbres, is influenced by changes in the environment: wind speed, rainfall, solar radiation, humidity, tropospheric variance, temperature, and more.
The resultant composition was performed over a 24 hour duration through a field of 8 speakers integrated into the landscape between midday May 22nd to midday May 23rd 2010 on the headland of Dungeness, UK. Also supported by Campbell Scientific