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Installation: 02 - 20 Apr 2010 --
Presented by: RobertJarvis
Public: Free
Marine Studios 17 Albert Terrace, Margate, Kent CT9 1UJ England, UK
Margate -- England, UK

Recently nominated for the British Composer Awards, Robert Jarvis’ insect inspired surround sound installation, ENTOMOPHONIX is to be featured as part of "Insect World" - a themed exhibition for the newly opened Marine Studios, in Margate, Kent, UK.

The soundwork was originally created as part of a residency at La Cité des Insectes during the summer of 2007, and is also featured as a permanent sound installation there.

To create the composition, Robert set about the challenging task of recording the sounds of the various insects that inhabit the museum’s grounds. This took some time! Of particular interest were those nuances of sound inherent in the various insect calls that we almost never hear, and yet must be there for a reason. He was also interested in what could be learnt about sonic communication from studying these sounds and what implications there might be in relation to his work as a composer. After devising various methods for recording the different sounds (how to record an ants’ nest, for example, or a fly cleaning its wings) the sounds were then edited into a useable palette for musical composition and the piece was created. His aim was to create something that would allow the listener access to the unique sound world of these small creatures, allowing the listener to imagine life through the ears of an insect.

Whilst creating Entomophonix Robert also kept a weblog of his discoveries and thoughts and this can be seen at www.entomophonix.wordpress.com

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