Project Planetaria Project talk at Center for the Humanities: April 14th at 12pm

Adam, Tara and Michael reviewed the past 2 years of work by Project Planetaria at the UCSD Center for the Humanities, in a lunch talk on April 14th.  This included discussions of the Solar Variations and Our Star Will Die Alone installations, our TDDE 131 class, and how this collaboration stimulated new directions for all of us, and plans for future projects, such as Galaxy Gardens.

Using Stellar Evolution to Generate Music Score: Part 2

Here’s an excerpt of Michael Trigilio’s death metal score generated from the MESA stellar model data:

 

FREE Sneak Preview of Our Star Will Die Alone

There will be a free sneak preview of our La Jolla Playhouse Without Walls Festival show “Our Star Will Die Alone” on Thursday, October 3rd at 8pm, on the south patio of Galbraith Hall.  No guarantees, people.  Our main performances will be Friday & Saturday nights at 10:30pm; tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the La Jolla Playhouse webpage

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Early press for Our Star Will Die Alone

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Project Planetaria’s upcoming performance “Our Star Will Die Alone” was featured in a recent article in the San Diego Reader by Chad Deal.  It spills the beans on the identity of one of the musicians for the “Death Metal Dying Star” portion: SD local rocker Bobby Bray, who’s played with The Locust and The Innerds.  Come see them tear our star apart!

http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/jam-session/2013/sep/23/our-star-will-die-alone-an-interactive-heavy-metal/

 

Using Stellar Evolution to Generate Music Score: Part 1

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As part of our upcoming performance Our Star Will Die Alone, we wanted to generate a music score inspired by the actual evolution of a star as it evolves off of the main sequence – as it “dies” so to speak.  To generate this, we used an open source software package called MESA (Modules for Experiments in Stellar Astrophysics) developed by a team of astronomers and utilized by an extensive community of researchers, teachers and students to study how a star evolves with time (the code will be used in Adam’s undergraduate and graduate stellar astrophysics courses at UCSD this year).

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Project Planetaria in the LJP Without Walls Festival

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Project Planetaria will be presenting our new work, Our Star Will Die Alone, in two performances at the La Jolla Playhouse Without Walls Festival, October 4-5 at 10:30pm. The site-specific piece will explore what it means to live the life of a star through a participatory performance, integrating data-driven elements that our rooted in our scientific understanding of stellar astrophysics. Audience members will witness the birth of our star, explore its fusion through hand-held custom electronic devices (“Project Planetaria Devices”) and listen to its chaotic, post-main sequence death throes with a heavy metal score based on stellar evolutionary calculations. Through sound, light, projection, and a death metal band, this performance will articulate the productive and destructive aspects of our primary source of light and energy.

Tickets ($15) can be purchased at Festival website: http://www.lajollaplayhouse.org/wowfestival/productions/star

You can follow our creative process by clicking on the installation link in the menu above.

Project Planetaria Student Showcase June 12th

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The Project Planetaria Class (TDDE 131) will be hosting its Student Showcase, highlighting students’ final projects, on Wednesday June 12th from 5:30-8:30pm in the Experimental Media Lab (Structural and Materials Engineering Building Room 401).  Come out and see what data can really do!

TDDE 131 Week 10: Preparation for Student Showcase

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TDDE 131 Week 7: Space, Time, Echo & Dimensionality

[Readings]
[Crit of Proposals and Pairing]
[Space, Time, Echo & Dimensionality]
[Assignment]

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TDDE 131 Week 6: Imaging

[Reading]
[Critiques of Last Week’s Assignment]
[Astronomical Image Making]
[Aesthetic and Social Interpretation of Images]
[Assignment for Next Week]

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