Celestial Frequencies / COSMOS 2017

By Daito Manabe & Setsuya Kurotaki & Rhizomatiks Research

7 – 9 July 2017
Bluedot Festival / 11pm – 3am
Jodrell Bank Observatory, Macclesfield, Cheshire (UK)

Celestial Frequencies is a ground-breaking new data driven audio-visual work
created for Jodrell Bank’s iconic Lovell Telescope.
Developed by award winning
Tokyo-based Media Artist, DJ and Programmer, Daito Manabe and Setsuya Kurotaki (Rhizomatiks Research),
it is the first work to be developed as part of COSMOS and will premiere at Bluedot festival.

The epic structure of the Lovell Telescope – now in its 60th year of operation –
presents a unique and unparalleled canvas for the artists to create this new work.
During the festival the dish will be in the zenith position,
pointing directly upwards into space, receiving radio signals as the Earth turns and the sky drifts past overhead.

A mixture of deep space data collected on-site in real-time, and previously gathered from telescopes further afield –
including Planck spacecraft observations of the microwave radio sky –
will be transformed into Celestial Frequencies, a unique generative audio-visual artwork projected onto the telescope.

Through this visual representation and soundscape,
the work offers a rare opportunity to explore the knowledge gathered about deep space at Jodrell Bank Observatory.
The artists have collaborated with scientists and astrophysics researchers to understand and access

Between 11pm until 2am on Friday and Saturday, and until 1am on Sunday,
festival goers will be able to experience Celestial Frequencies from a prime viewing position,
immersing themselves in the soundscape – a sonic interpretation of astrophysical data.
During these times they will also be able to control the telescope’s observation frequencies,
altering the data which is being observed, and witness live how these manipulations produce a dramatic change in the data visualisation on the dish.

Track our journey #COSMOS17

Celestial Frequencies has been created following COSMOS 2017,
the international artists commission and residency for Lovell Telescope, Jodrell Bank Observatory.


Direction, Sound + Visual Programming: Daito Manabe(Rhizomatiks Research)
Sound Design: Setsuya Kurotaki(Rhizomatiks Research)
Visual Programming: Satoshi Horii(Rhizomatiks Research), You Tanaka(Rhizomatiks Research)
Interaction Unit Design: Takahito Hosono(Rhizomatiks Architecture)
Visual Animation Management: Takao Inoue (Rhizomatiks Research)
Production Management: Nozomi Yamaguchi (Rhizomatiks Research), Ayumi Ota (Rhizomatiks Research), Rina Watanabe (Rhizomatiks Research)
Special Thanks: quino grafix Co. Ltd.
Production: Rhizomatiks Co. Ltd.