Research Seminar: Associate Professor Kim Cunio

Associate Professor Kim Cunio

Setting the Sounds of Space

Using a Very Low Frequency receiver at the Halley Research Station (Antarctica), the scientists at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) can pick up radio waves made by our planet. They use these waves to investigate the science of space weather storms, to help understand potential space weather impacts on the climate system, and for lightning detection. It is also possible to directly convert them into audible sounds and this presentation looks at how BAS scientist Dr Nigel Meredith, Cambridge artist / engineer Diana Scarborough and Australian composer Kim Cunio have been working with these sounds and associated images from the BAS archive. The project has included performances in the UK and Europe, a journal article,  a series of short films for the Venice Biennale and an innovative audio release, Aurora Musicalis. The project shows the potential for interdisciplinarity, as well as making the case for art and science to work together to motivate us to take the climate action so desperately needed.

A/Prof Kim Cunio, Head of the School of Music at the Australian National University (ANU), is a composer interested in old and new musics and the role of music in making sense of our larger world. A scholar, composer and performer, Kim embodies the skills of the thinking artist, showing that writing and making art are part of the same paradigm of deep exploration. Kim is a recipient of the ABC Golden Manuscript Award for his work on traditional music. His compositions have been played internationally with performances at the Whitehouse, United Nations, and festivals in a number of countries. His list of commissioning organisations includes the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Art Gallery of NSW, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Foundation for Universal Sacred Music (USA), and many others. A number of Kim’s projects and tours have been funded by the Australia Council for the Arts and the Commonwealth Government. Kim is currently working on a series of albums with the Gyuto Monks of Tibet; a project setting the sounds of space with the British Antarctic Survey and artist engineer Diana Scarborough; and a project on enforced feticide in India with writer and gender scholar Manish Sharma. Kim writes for the peak body the Deans and Directors of the Creative Arts, the Crawford Centre  for Public Policy at the ANU and has a regular segment on ABC Radio Canberra to discuss music and the larger word.

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