Bristol’s University of West England’s senior lecturer in Music Technology, Dr Chris Nash has introduced Track by Track, a live music installation that uses the public’s movements on platform three at Bristol Temple Meads station, to develop algorithmic music for BBC Music Day which takes place on Friday, September 28.
Nash developed a computer to analyse a live video feed of the platform in order to place a position on passengers and trains. This is turned into data by Manhattan, the software that is used to create live audio and teach computational thinking and improve digital literacy at UWE Bristol.
Manhattan features many sounds sampled from orchestral instruments, as well as the voices of the Rising Voices choir, run by the Bristol Drugs Project. A digital chorus has also been programmed on the software to sing the names of Bristol’s boroughs.
Nash said: “I’m very much looking forward to meeting lots of people on the day and introducing them to Manhattan software. Over the coming months I will be collaborating with schools, universities and artists to support learning and creativity in both music making and programming, but BBC Music Day provides an opportunity for everyone to get involved and be part of the music.”