7.00pm – 10.00pm The Pines Calyx, St Margaret’s Bay
An immersive evening of art and music, together with Robert Jarvis’ sound installation that takes its inspiration from the apparent rotation of stars around the Celestial North Pole. As the Earth rotates and the stars appear to move slowly around Polaris, the North Star, the installation tracks the stars’ movements and interprets them as an evocative musical score. The evening will give the audience the opportunity to explore KRONOS – a path around the grounds which demonstrates in time from the ‘Big-Bang’ until the present day.
Musicians Stina Wilson (flute) and Andrey Debedev (guitar) take us on a musical journey through time and space, bringing to life works from a range of periods in the romantic grounds and within the Pines Calyx building throughout the evening. Simultaneously, artists from SEAS create live art to respond to the event, the environment and concepts.
Andrew Debedev appears courtesy of the Countess of Munster Trust.
This event will be both inside and outside (entirely inside if inclement weather). If outside there will be a 5-minute walk to the installation. The Cafe at the Pines Calyx will be open all evening and if weather suitable you will be able to purchase BBQ Food.
With every installation performance of aroundNorth a guided listening is supplied to connect some of the sounds being heard with named stars in the sky above.
Although the sounds in this installation might initially appear to sound the same, in fact there are differences in the sounds, and these differences in the sounds correspond to the stars' different astronomical parameters. First of all, stars that sound for longer appear brighter in the sky. So, a short sounding star is very dim, whilst a long-sounding star would look brighter in the night sky. Any stars lasting longer than 20 seconds might just about be visible to the naked eye on a clear night. The longest sounding star in aroundNorth is, of course, Sirius – our brightest star: when it sounds in this installation it does so for a full two minutes! Stars that sound deeper are bigger. That it to say they have a larger diameter. aroundNorth features stars of a range of sizes: to those roughly the size of Earth to up to 900 times bigger than our sun. Stars that are louder are closer, and stars that have a crackling sound are hotter. Younger stars (the white/blue ones) have a lot of crackle, whilst older red stars have little or no crackle at all. If you are lucky you might hear a star right at the end of its life that emits very little or no light. In aroundNorth, these dwarf stars have a breathy sound. Finally, astronomers classify the stars into roughly eight categories. In aroundNorth, the 'O' stars are mostly made up of a full-on sharp crackle, the 'B' stars have a wetter sounding crackle, the A stars have a finer crackle, the F stars have a softer fine crackle with more tone coming through, the G stars have some crackle and possess a shimmering sound, the K stars sound a little nasal and have a subtle crackle like bad radio reception, the M stars are more metallic sounding and are crackle free, and the dwarf stars are breathy, almost pan-pipe in character. Happy listening
Ticket Prices: Full £15.00 Students £7.50
Tickets available from The Astor Community Theatre, Deal on 01304 370220 or online www.astor.org