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Submitted as: research article 16 Mar 2020

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Developing the hertz art-science project to allow inaudible sounds of the Earth and Cosmos to be experienced

Graeme J. Marlton1 and Juliet Robson2 Graeme J. Marlton and Juliet Robson
  • 1Department of Meteorology, University of Reading, Reading, RG6 6BB, UK
  • 2Wyfold Lane Studio, Wyfold Lane, Peppard, RG9 5LR, UK

Abstract. The Earth and atmosphere are in constant motion. Volcanoes, Glaciers, Earthquakes, Thunderstorms and even the Aurora produce powerful low frequency sounds known as Infrasound. Infrasound is constantly passing through our atmosphere but contains frequencies below the range of human hearing, effectively an inaudible symphony. Inspired by wanting to allow physical access to this natural phenomenon, a collaboration between the worlds of contemporary art and meteorology has been developed. This led to a project called hertz, named after the nineteenth century physicist Henirich Hertz whose surname provides the scientific unit (Hz) for frequency. hertz explores the manifestation of the hidden resonances of our own planet and the secret harmonies of our stars. This was principally achieved using furniture adapted to vibrate with infrasonic waves from pre-recorded sources and in real time. The project's motivations are in exploring new methods to experience and re-engage with parts of our planet through this phenomenon. hertz has had a UK national tour in which several thousand people interacted with the piece. This paper describes the concepts, creative ideas, technology and science behind the project. It addresses its development, including the steps to make it accessible for all, and examines its impact on those who interacted with the work.

Graeme J. Marlton and Juliet Robson

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