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Composer turns himself into a giant baton – BBC news get the big kazoo

COMPOSER Alexis Kirke has become a “giant baton“. That’s the conductor covered in sensors inside University of Plymouth’s new wave tank. His arm movements influence the 24 giant paddles that create waves. If he moves his arms up, the music shifts in pitch. With joystick, the volume can be raised and lowered.

Presumably, if he clutches his head in his hands, it stops.

Said Dr Kirke of his Orchestra Of Waves:

 “I wanted to be like King Canute, controlling the waves. ‘The show went very well and people in the audience were asking whether they could buy the music. You are in a building and hear the noise of the waves and the smell and see them crashing down. There’s no way of explaining what it’s like to have dramatic sounds synchronized with that.”

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Posted: 1st, November 2012 | In: Technology | Comment