The Suborbital Harmonic Resonator kiosk is a totally self-contained aluminium and wood structure housing three monitors and a PC. No user intervention is required once the SHAR is installed. It can power itself down every night automatically and it's possible to install it either with speakers, or headphones as appropriate. There is also an interactive game version of Fly Me which uses a modular addition to the kiosk to enable users to interact.
Fly me to the Moon is an attempt to recreate the music of the spheres.
In 1618 Johannes Kepler completed a motet, successfully re-creating the harmonious chord calculated from the ratios of the planets' orbits to the sun.
In 1852 the painter Hermann Goldschmidt made the first of his fourteen asteroid discoveries from a small room in the Café Procope in Paris.
Inspired by these brilliant and slightly odd people, Alun Ward created Fly me to the Moon, a computer-based installation which uses random methods to drive asteroids across a projected screen. As they pass by on their lonely journeys, they seem to generate sounds. Human and extraterrestrial noises coincide on the otherwise silent screen, and a new music of the spheres is born.
Play the web version of this movie Fly Me (160Kb). You'll need the Flash Player for this.
Listen to the sounds of the cosmos: from pulsars to Jupiter's magnetosphere, from recordings from the Apollo 11 landings to the sounds of Sputnik.
Turn the lights off and the sound up!