First, it happens in a swimming pool with both underwater and overwater speakers to convey the musical performance to you, in the water!
Second, it uses the same technology that detects gravitational waves! The Gravity Synth makes music using Laser Interferometry - and we’ll give you a heads up from an astrophysics researcher as to how that works before you get into the pool!
What to expect on the night:
For your session (i.e. 6.30pm, 7.30pm and 8.30pm) you'll receive an intro to LIGO and gravitational wave detection from Dr Andrew Spencer from Glasgow University’s Institute of Gravitational Research (IGR), the largest research group for gravitational wave research in the UK.
Then, we'll take you through to the Arlington Baths pool for a 45 minute session in the water! You will be able to change on the pool side but we do advise that you already come dressed, so you save time and have the the full experience and time in the pool. Please remember to bring swimming kit and a towel! Changing rooms are provided at Arlington Baths.
A full thirty minute live performance from modular synth aficionado Leon Trimble with his Gravity Synth that uses LIGO technology. An electronic music journey starting with some chill textures and gradually ramping up to a Birmingham school techno set!
This will be followed by a fifteen minute sonic journey from the man who developed the Wet Sounds system and harnesses the power of underwater speakers perfectly!
Important information for attendees:
- Children and families are encouraged to attend Session 1, the family-friendly session.
- Children under the age of 6 months are not permitted in the pool. Children under the age of 8 years must be accompanied in the water by an adult. An adult can be responsible for:
- A maximum of 2 children aged 4 years and over but under 8 years.
- A maximum of 1 child aged under 4 years, except if the swimming activity is restricted to the shallow end of the pool where this ratio may be increased to - 2 children under 4 years.
- All attendees under the age of 18 must be accompanied into the club by an adult.
Please note, photographs may be taken by a professional photographer during sessions 2 and 3. These photographs will be taken from a distance with people in the water.
If you have any concerns or do not wish to be photographed, please speak to a member of the organising team before the pool session begins. If anyone under the age of 18 is attending session 2 or 3, please make them known to staff before the pool session to discuss photographic consent.
No photography will be permitted during the family friendly session 1.
More information about research conducted at the Institute for Gravitational Waves, University of Glasgow be found here: www.gla.ac.uk
Some resources all about Gravitational Waves:
- LIGO website (US detectors): https://www.ligo.org/
- Virgo website (Italian detector): http://www.virgo-gw.eu/
- KAGRA wesbite (Japanese cryogenic detector): https://gwcenter.icrr.u-tokyo.ac.jp/en/
- Einstein Telescope (future, next generation detector): http://www.et-gw.eu/
- LISA (space-based detector): https://www.elisascience.org/
- LIGO Caltech website (lots of resources): https://www.ligo.caltech.edu/
- Humans of LIGO (learn about the people behind the science): https://humansofligo.blogspot.com/
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