Wednesday, 14 November 2012
Congratulations to Plymouth University on the official opening of its new Marine Building

Plymouth University's new £19 million state-of-the-art Marine Building was officially opened by HRH Prince Philip The Duke of Edinburgh on 30 October 2012. The facility is currently thought to house the UK's most sophisticated wave energy testing tank which will enable developers to test wave energy devices (using waves, currents and wind) prior to linking up to the Wave Hub – a grid-connected test site about 10 miles off the coast at Hayle in Cornwall.

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Sound-Wave

To celebrate the opening of its new Marine Building the University commissioned Alexis Kirke and Sam Freeman to create and perform a unique musical composition for large-scale wave tank, water drummers and electronics. The piece, Sound-Wave, is thought to be the first time a wave tank has been turned into a musical instrument.



Alexis Kirke, with sensors strapped to his body, conducted the 12-minute symphony of waves and music from a position above the main tank. Water drummers (Josie Boucharde, Philip J. Kendall, Magdalena Walker and Jennie Pinhey) provided percussion in the nearby coastal tank. Visit Alexis Kirke's web page to see how it was done.

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