The electronic portion of the installation will be playing during gallery hours, with a live performance on December 6th at 8pm featuring multiple performers improvising with the electronic track. Audience members are encouraged to bring pillows, sleeping bags, blankets etc for maximum enjoyment of the immersive surround-sound experience.
Space Weather Listening Booth is an immersive acoustic and electronic performance piece based on the aurora borealis, by Seattle composers Nat Evans and John Teske. Listeners hear the collision of the different space weather events that cause the aurora borealis, realized through an electronic track in surround sound and in performance live musicians encircle the audience. Premiered as a sound installation with miniature private performances at Seattle's ONN/OF Festival, Space Weather Listening Booth has since been adapted for live performance and for other installation spaces.
Teske and Evans used geomagnetic data, information about solar wind and other phenomenon, and interpreted this data through a series of sounds that interact and slowly change over time. Additionally, to represent the auroral band that rotates around the poles of the earth, the composers plotted a course for the sound to migrate and turn slowly around the listeners. Space Weather Listening Booth is a sound experience that allows one to hear and feel the movement of these great forces, and experience time and physical space through a new lens.
"One room mesmerized me: Space Weather Listening Booth." - Jen Graves, The Stranger
"...should be performed again somewhere else as soon as possible." - CityArts
November 22nd - 6-9pm - Space Weather Listening Booth opens at Interstitial Theater - 2231 First Ave, Seattle - Regular open gallery hours 1-7pm Saturday + Sunday
December 6th - 8pm - Space Weather Listening Booth live at Interstitial Theater - 2231 First Ave, Seattle - $5 suggested donation