xtet

(as Jones/Bulley, with Daniel Jones)

Barbican, London, UK
(2 — 3 March 2013)

Commissioned by the Barbican


xtet (2013 — ) is a series of compositions which harness the invisible ubiquity of portable audio devices to create an ephemeral, immersive and participatory field of sound.

By broadcasting real-time audio to the audience's wireless mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, mp3 players, etc), the audience itself becomes a temporary speaker system comprised of countless distributed sound sources, forming a uniquely spatial and participatory experience. 

xtet I (α, β, γ, δ, θ, μ), the first piece of the series, maps out the natural rhythms and characteristics of the brain's neural activity, broadcasting audio streams which correspond to individual frequencies of brainwave.

With gratitude to Bowers & Wilkins and the Barbican.