Sound-artist Ed Carter has collected atmospheric data of The Lowry’s building and is transcribing it into music as part of his artwork Barographic which is on display during the exhibition Right Here, Right Now. It will be performed live by him and musicians from the Royal Northern College of Music on 6 February in the gallery.
The data is based on the atmospheric pressure readings taken at The Lowry which are captured in graphic scores. Alongside these, the architectural form of The Lowry’s building is used as a 3D animated sequencer, creating melodies and rhythms that correspond to patterns that are inherent within the design of the Michael Wilford building.
The process reflects on different approaches to interpreting the built environment and challenges our perception of ‘atmosphere’ - something less tangible but central to our experience of public spaces.
As Ed Carter puts it: “Architecture is frozen music.”
The performing musicians include Ellis Thompson (violin), Claire Roberts (violin), Rory Storm (viola), Lucy Hoile (cello) and Peter Mitchell (vibraphone).