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Development trip, 11 April 2010

A constructive Sunday on the coast, meeting the team from RNLI Dungeness – who are supporting Variable 4 with infrastructure and local know-how – and making some speculative field recordings.

Outdoor speaker tests

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Our first trials of outdoor playback, with extremely promising results - an extraordinarily clean sound, despite the blustering wind. Here, we are recording a blast of white noise played into the air, which will allow us to gauge the filtering effects of the environment. Unfortunately, this led to the sad demise of this poor 40w speaker's tweeter.

About Variable 4

Variable 4 is an outdoor sound installation that translates live weather conditions into an ever-changing piece of music, using weather sensors and custom software to generate and recombine thousands of musical fragments. Read more about the piece...