Translating the stars into music

Sound Design for Theatre project creates song from constellation pattern

What would the constellation pattern above UMKC's Miller Nichols Library sound like if it were superimposed onto a Victorian-era music box disc?

To find out, Daniel Warneke -- an MFA in Sound Design student -- created "Stella's Starlight" for the Marr Sound Archives' Stella music box. Dwight Frizzell, UMKC Theatre instructor, then created a composition from the disc's contents that debuted at the Kansas City Art Institute in early October.  

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"This is an investigation, a 'what if?' What would the star map above us sound like if it could be translated kind of systematically and without the will to make it sound a certain way?"

Dwight Frizzell
UMKC Theatre Lecturer