Michael Begg releases Witness 2. The Weather Engine on May 1st, 2020, exclusively on Bandcamp.
Where Witness 1 focused on the live positions of earth, land and sea monitoring satellites, Witness 2 introduces the Weather Engine.
The Weather Engine is a 24/7 composition/installation using live local weather data from Openweathermap to ‘sound the day’.
All sounds are generated by mapping live data to sound generators, filters and sample libraries.
“I wanted to make a kind of fingerprint from moments in the days of lockdown. Each individual composition carries the same sense of suspension felt throughout this time. For this recording, I took the starting point of how time has become deranged. The days slip into each other, moments repeat themselves, whilst other events seem to hang perpetually in limbo. I took Weather Engine clips from the period 23 – 30 April and allowed them to come together in various clusters – determined by the hour of the day, or the nature of the weather.
“Because the musical keys are constrained by the programming this never becomes entirely atonal – but nevertheless the accumulation of the information, the moments tearing into each other, becomes overwhelming – even at moderately low volume – which I recommend for this recording”