[ANN] Weathersongs Album Release

    Mar 30 2006 | 7:56 am
    Hi all,
    This is to let you now about "Weathersongs volume 1: Days in Wales", the
    first album from my Weathersongs project which came out yesterday
    (details below).
    The project is based around an installation that turns weather data into
    music in real-time using software written in Max/MSP with extensive use
    of Lobjects and Fuzzy Logic.
    Please take a listen
    best wishes
    Richard Garrett
    Sunday Dance http://www.sundaydance.co.uk/
    Weathersongs volume 1: Days in Wales is an album of 14 short pieces of
    music derived, in real time, from the weather conditions in Southern
    Snowdonia on 14 different days over one year. Each track was generated
    by a computer program connected to an electronic weather station at
    Richard's home in the foothills of Cadair Idris, North Wales. Data
    output from the weather station (wind speed and direction, temperature,
    pressure, humidity, rainfall) was used to compose music as conditions
    changed,then selected results were recorded and edited for audio CD.
    All the tracks on the album have common features: Temperature and
    Humidity provide bass drones; Air Pressure gives higher pitched
    accompaniment; while the Wind produces a lead voice whose pitch,
    intensity and phrasing all change as the wind shifts direction, ebbs and
    flows. Rain, when it rains, is heard as random percussive events
    (typically bells) whose statistical density changes with the rate of
    fall. When each track is edited, however, different timbres are applied
    to the music accentuating the character of the individual pieces/ days.
    Thus, the music ranges from the gentle ambient electronica of a cool
    spring morning to wild, almost Free Jazz, saxophone as the westerly
    gales of autumn hit Cardigan Bay.
    Mp3 extracts from the album, as well as raw material from the
    installation can be heard on http://www.weathersongs.org/
    Weathersongs volume 1: Days in Wales is now on sale online at
    http://www.sundaydance.co.uk/ and at selected record shops.