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Bulley, James and Jones, Daniel. 2015. Vespers. In: "Web We Want / Festival of Love", Southbank Centre, United Kingdom, 28 May - 14 September 2015. [Show/Exhibition]

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Creators: Bulley, James and Jones, Daniel
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Vespers is a sound installation that composes a musical score in real-time, drawn from the online activity of the United Kingdom. Each day, the work begins afresh with a blank score, searching through the vast body of text and sound material posted online across the day, progressively composing a voice-led score that reflects and portrays our day-to-day concerns. Vespers is a secular evensong written for performance at dusk — a period of collective introspection on the day.

Throughout the day, a number of invisible software agents search the web for new material - fragments of conversations within online communities, comments from forums, audio uploads to social media sites - mapping the nation's thoughts, ideas and concerns.

Vespers references the ecclesiastical practice of evensong, a service of evening psalms that serves as a space for communal contemplation and reflection at dusk.

Commissioned by the Southbank Centre and World Wide Web Foundation.

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Departments, Centres and Research Units: Computing
Music > Unit for Sound Practice Research
Date range: 28 May - 14 September 2015
Event Location: Southbank Centre, United Kingdom
Item ID: 11642
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2015 08:56
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2017 14:34


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