Volume 46, Issue 1
February 2013

112 pages
ISSN 0024-094X
E-ISSN 1530-9282


Cloud Chamber: A Performance with Real Time Two-Way Interaction between Subatomic Particles and Violinist

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‘Cloud Chamber’ - a composition by Alexis Kirke, Antonino Chiaramonte, and Anna Troisi - is a live performance in which the invisible quantum world becomes visible as a violinist and subatomic particle tracks interact together. An electronic instrument was developed which can be “played” live by radioactive atomic particles. Electronic circuitry was developed enabling a violin to create a physical force field that directly affects the ions generated by cosmic radiation particles. This enabled the violinist and the ions to influence each other musically in real time. A glass cloud chamber was used onstage to make radioactivity visible in bright white tracks moving within, with the tracks projected onto a large screen.

Faculty of Arts / Faculty of Science and Technology, Plymouth University, Plymouth, U.K., PL4 8AA, U.K.Supersaturated Environments, PO Box 55252, Madison, WI, U.S.A.

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