Reviews of Antarctic Waves
Times 24 August 2003
Discs of Discovery
ENCARTA - OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY - ANTARCTIC WAVES
- THE WAY THINGS WORK - HALF LIFE
Waves (£46 at www.multimediatextbooks.co.uk)
Recipient of a BAFTA interactive learning award last year, Antarctic Waves
is a unique musical toolkit that harnesses science to propel tuneful creativity.
After taking an interactive tour of the sights and sounds of the most
inhospitable continent, students can manipulate British Antarctic Survey
data in a series of audiovisual scenarios to craft their own compositions:
sonar pings against the ocean floor can be organised into rhythmic patters;
the pitch of the gurgling ice floes can be harmonised as if on a keyboard.'
and see the full complementary BBC review of Antarctic Waves by Jonathan
view extracts below:
ice cool music*
By Jonathan Amos
can now make cool music - about the Antarctic.
Polar researchers have collaborated with artists and designers to produce
a CD-Rom that allows kids to investigate the science of the White Continent
whilst at the same time experiment with sound. It has taken the British
Antarctic Survey (Bas) and the multimedia arts company Braunarts two years
to put the software tools together. "We have digitised the sights
and sounds of this fantastic place so children can make music as they
learn the science," said Braunarts director Terry Braun.
don't expect music students to suddenly go into mainstream science education,
but if they can be introduced at an early stage to the excitement of Antarctic
research - we'd be really pleased with that." said Linda Capper,
from British Antarctic Survey.
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