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Space F!ght Residency and UK Tour 2014

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After receiving Emerging Excellence Award from Help Musicians UK supported by Jazz North we headed to Wales for residency to work on our new live set and album. It is very exciting time for us, as band expanded  and we have new artists on board. Anna Edgington (voice), Dr Enrico Bertelli (percussion and electronics) and our secret weapon Dr Matthew Postle (trumpet) helped usual crew (Mainwaring, Adams, Rudnicki, Hader) in generating new material for the coming album.

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After performances in Sheffield, Leeds and London we performed at Festival of Ideas in York in 3sixty on amazing 32 speakers and four projectors system. At the festival, we performed data sonfication and visualisation piece based on NASA’s ozone data – a new version of our project with researchers from Stockholm Environment Institute. Piece uses ground level ozone data and rises awareness of ozone’s negative impact on human health. In order to show importance of the issue we used data from various locations, scaled it and mapped to music, sound synthesis and visual parameters controlling the improvisation. Ozone concentration from variety of locations around the globe was used to bring immersive audiovisual experience for the audience.

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Heading towards the end of the tour we are playing our final show at Manchester Jazz Festival at Soup Kitchen on 23 July with Chris Sharkey as a special guest!

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Space F!ght Sci-Fi Tour 2013

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Space Fight is going on UK tour in November. Tour is co-produced by Sound and Music. New Space F!ght’s set and Sci-Fi EP is inspired by sci-fi novels from P.K. Dick and S. Lem. Texts used are voice samples of  Anna Edgington. These are influencing the improvisation and providing structure for the new pieces. To emphasize 3D effect of the visualisations Space F!ght is using a custom made modular scenography for visualisations/3D mapping. Scenography modules are acting as projection screens made of especially designed models.

During the forthcoming tour each show will also contain a piece made in collaboration with Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS). In this piece satellite ozone data controls the improvisation and 3D visualisations.  Space F!ght is using ground level ozone data, which is the best representation of the ozone that harms human health. Since Ozone’s impact is all about location, Space F!ght is using the data from different locations around the globe with diverse level of ozone concentration; representing the ozone data rather than culture or any other characteristic of the locations. To represent each place average monthly ozone concentration is used  in a time series of 12 months.

Tour dates:

8th November – The Base, Leeds (live streaming)

10th November – Kings Place, OutHear, London

11th November – Leper Chapel, SHINDIG, with The Soft, Cambridge

18 November –  3Sixty, Ron Cooke Hub, University of York, York

19th November – 3Sixty, Ron Cooke Hub, University of York, York

20th November – Wharf Chambers, with Shatner’s Bassoon, Leeds

Those interested to find out more about the impacts of ozone are recommended to read the ‘Integrated Assessment of Black Carbon and Tropospheric Ozone‘, an international study that was co-ordinated by SEI and chaired by Dr Drew Shindell of NASA GISS.  The report was one of the key documents that lead to the establishment of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) in 2012.