Solastalgia is the term describing the acute anxiety experienced by living through environmental change.
Michael has developed a series of software instruments that consume live, real time and archival data and transform the data into musical information.
Michael has sonified data relating to lunar and solar eclipses, weather stations, air quality, earthquakes and arctic ice melt.
These instruments form the basis of sound installations, as well as acting as a musical collaborator in recordings and performances
The early development of the software has been supported with grants from Help Musicians UK, and a Connected Innovators award from Creative Informatics/Creative Edinburgh.
The engines have drawn on open data made available through OpenAQ, CopernicusEU, OpenWeatherMap, USGS and others.
A series of WITNESS recordings, featuring contributions from Clodagh Simonds, Ben Ponton, and the Black Glass Ensemble were released during the Covid lockdown year, 2020.
Custom manifestations of the Engines will always be of interest to build!