Mark Pilkington

‘Turing – Morphogenesis’, 5.1 Fixed Media, 2012.

Turing - Morphogenesis is an acousmatic piece that conveys the propagation of unrelated sound entities anchored perceptually through the continued presence of their energetic characteristics. The strategies of the composition were inspired by A.M. Turing’s The Chemical Basis of Morphogenesis (1952), where he mathematically investigates the onset of instability within ‘morphogens’.  The chemical agents that cause morphogenesis are replaced by sound particles diffused into a 5.1 listening space. The sound material is derived purely from synthetic sounds calculated through a distribution of electronic audio signals. The piece gradually creates an ontogenetic sound-world using an abundance of abstract computer generated sounds. As the sounds multiply, they begin to coalesce, emulating the complex behaviour of organic structures. Morphological inventiveness is formed through rapid gestures temporally articulated across a multiplicity of time scales. The creative catalyst for the composition was the interaction between computer and composer. The computer acted as the component in a complex system which intervened in a genuine polyphony of processes. Spatial awareness was promoted using a 5.1 loudspeaker array. Composed at the NOVARS Research Centre for Electroacoustic Composition, Performance and Sound Art at the University of Manchester, 2012.

‘Escape’, Oil and Photomontage on canvas, 2010.

When working with sound, I often explore elements of visual media to form an evocative notation to represent complex sound structures. Conventional Western music notation, when applied to the composition of sound, is problematic, due to the internal limitations of conventional musical notation. Scoring for sound has found a place in the widespread practice of the graphic score, which allows for a boundless area of musical expression, through the use of visual symbols outside of the realm of traditional music notation. Escape (2010) is a graphic score on a canvas, containing both symbolic and abstract representations.

Bio: Research interests are space and the audio-visual within the language of electroacoustic music. Working in the areas of Screened Works, Electroacoustic Composition, Installation and Live Performance. Currently undertaking a PhD ‘Mapping and the Audio/Visual Contract’, at the NOVARS Research Centre, University of Manchester, UK 2009-12. Completed a MA in Music Electroacoustic Composition, University of Huddersfield, UK,2004. He has performed in the UK, Europe and the USA. radio broadcasts and screenings in Europe and USA. Currently a BA Music Production Lecturer at Futureworks, Manchester and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN), Preston, UK. Under the recording artist name of Thought Universe his music has been released on: Skam (UK) Sonic World Service (UK) Mary Ann Scott (DK) DalRiada (UK) Recordcamp (USA) and his own label through Universe Music.