2023 releases

We start the year with eight pieces released (and, in some cases, re-released) widely across Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, Deezer, Soundcloud, and dozens of others. If you would like to download (for free, or pay-what-you-want) please use this Bandcamp page. If you just want to get the whole album now, use this. Listen here

Adventures in acoustic cosmology

ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY PRESS RELEASE Adventures in acoustic cosmology RAS PR 17/30 (NAM 13) 3rd July 2017 A project that explores whether there is a musical equivalent to the curvature of spacetime will be presented on Thursday 6th July by Gavin Starks at the National Astronomy Meeting at the University of Hull. Starks, who has Adventures in acoustic cosmology

Listen to the radio-cube of the Antennae Galaxies

Below is the optical image of the “Antennae Galaxies” colliding, as taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. Overlaid below is a radio-image taken by ALMA. In the ‘image’ in this case, each pixel is actually represents a spectrum of frequencies across the electromagnetic radio spectrum: the ‘image’ is actually a data-cube. We have transformed this data-cube in Listen to the radio-cube of the Antennae Galaxies


Interesting to compare: the sound of electromagnetic measurements of Earth transformed directly into sound, and then slowed down Original: Slowed down: Compare with this excerpt of a transitional piece I wrote when I was 19yo (I was moving from traditional tone/rhythm-based music to electronic).

Evolving language

Evolving thoughts on the language of music, I wonder if our reductionist adoption of the language of physics (cf. Wishart On Sonic Art) should extend to adopt the language of cosmology and quantum mechanics?

Binary Dust at ISEA 2012

Here’s a copy of the presentation I gave at ISEA 2012. Acoustic Cosmology ISEA 2012 from Gavin Starks

Heavenly Discourses – Acoustic Cosmology presentation

Here’s a copy of the presentation I gave at Heavenly Discourses. I’ll post the video when I get it. Acoustic Cosmology :: Heavenly Discourses 2011-11 from Gavin Starks View more presentations from Gavin Starks

Listen to the colliding “Antennae Galaxies”

Cross posting between my two blogs (not sure what the best approach is for this kind of thing, which is quite apt given the collision-nature of the content), but here’s a sneak preview of some of the work I’ll be presenting on Sunday…

The utterance of a cosmological model?

“On 12 April 1961 Yuri Gagarin became the first human in outer space and the first to orbit the Earth. 2011 sees the fiftieth anniversary of that event…” I am speaking at Heavenly Discourses on Sunday 16th October 16:45 – 18:00. PANEL: Music I’ll be presenting new work (including sounds and pictures derived from ALMA) The utterance of a cosmological model?

Another image

experimenting with the copper printout of the name…

Binary Dust, “Absorptance” – now live

So, “roughly monthly” didn’t quite happen… mostly work taking precedent, and partly getting a photo to go with it. Absorptance Composed nine years after Tempest, Absorptance was the first experiment in pulling together the textural soundscape aesthetic with more melodic and rhythmic style of some of my earlier pieces. You can listen here, and if Binary Dust, “Absorptance” – now live

Binary Dust, “Tempest” – now live

Hello, Well, here we go – this has been a while coming… 17 years or thereabouts. Tempest, originally composed in 1993, is the first release of “Binary Dust”, a series of works that I’ve developed since then, and am continuing to develop. Very much a slow-bake project, I’ll be releasing new tracks (roughly) monthly, for Binary Dust, “Tempest” – now live

Latvia performance

A reclaimed 32m Radio Telescope in the middle of the Lativan forests… brought to life over the past 10 years as the only radio telescope in the world that is dedicated to both science and art. ACOUSTIC SPACE: RT32 Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the conversion of the RT32 telescope at VIRAC, Riga & Irbene, Latvia performance