Wind Gust 42048 – Matt Giannotti

Wind Gust 42048 is based on wind data from a buoy in the Atlantic Ocean during a time span of 5 days when the recent Hurricane Matthew passed overhead. The piece is built using a series of recurring motifs which grow in in dynamic and intensity, correlating closely to the intensity of the data from the storm. The musicians will surround the audience from above, and all will walk around, in effort to capture the nature of the chaotic storm interior. The proportions of the piece relate directly to the wind data, and the piece will end as calmly as it began.

wind-gust-42058

Matt Giannotti (Reid school of Music – mattgiannotti@gmail.com)

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Sinterbot – Dr Siraj Sabihuddin & Adela Rabiell Montiel

Sinterbot – Adela Rabell Montiell & Siraj Sabihuddin

Over the last 50 years, microwave energy has been used for a variety of applications including communication, navigation and drying of food. In the last 20 years, microwaves have revolutionised home cooking. In industry, it is used for wood processing, vulcanisation of rubber, meat tempering and medical therapy. Sintering is the process of compacting and forming a solid mass of material by heat or pressure without melting it into liquid. This is a natural process within minerals. The atoms in the materials diffuse across the boundaries of the particles, fusing them together to create a solid piece.

sintering-process

Conventional heating was used in the past to create solid pieces using metals. Microwave heating has recently become popular for this purpose as it has many advantages such as time and energy savings, rapid heating rates and lower environmental impact. Microwave heating converts electromagnetic energy into thermal energy almost instantaneously and with high efficiency. The use of domestic microwaves can be used to sinter metals. It is well-known that a metal plate should not be used inside a domestic microwave as its use can cause reflection inside and result in overheating of the system. However, metals in their powered form are very good absorbers of electromagnetic energy.

Please do not try this at home!

Dr Siraj Sabihuddin (School of Engineering – info@sirajs.com)
Adela Rabell Montiel (Queen’s Medical Research Institute- Adela.Rabell@ed.ac.uk )

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