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Alexis Kirke

The composer of a piece for the UK’s most advanced wave machine tells Alex Stevens why he’s waving not drowning

Composer Alexis Kirke is a member of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Research based at Plymouth University and composer in residence at the Plymouth Marine Institute. He has been commissioned to write a new work for the opening of the Marine Institute’s new building, which features the most advanced wave tank for research in the UK and will be opened by the Duke of Edinburgh on 30 October. Kirke has written a new piece, SoundWave, which uses the tank’s ability to produce precise waves of different intensities, a team of water drummers who will play the surface of the water with their hands in the tradition of the central African Baka tribe, and synthesised sounds programmed by composer Sam Freeman. Kirke will be involved in the 2013 Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival 22-24 February 2013.

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