Blinc 2012 - Alan Turing Centenary. Collaboration with Jessica Lloyd-Jones

Pieces written for Blinc Digital Art Festival 2012. All pieces are composed using recordings of vintage computer technology recorded at Bletchley Park. The pieces are written in response to the treatment of Alan Turing by the British Government despite his contribution to the development of computer science, A.I and communication in WW2.

'Aura' explores the development of the electromechanical machine to the modern age of computer technology through the creative use of Kirlian imaging. High voltage electricity applied to a variety of computer components (including a wire wound resistor, broken valve, dekatron and micro chip) produces visible electric energy fields.

By stripping the notion of the 'computer' down to single components, we attempt to peel back its layers and reveal its internal workings and life force. Capturing the interaction between electricity and technology exposes the physical energy and power of electricity as a natural phenomena controlled and utlised by man. 

An accompanying soundscape captures a variety of sound recordings of electro-mechanical and electronic devices, including a working replica of the 'Bombe' (an electromechanical machine that could find settings for the Enigma machine) developed by Alan Turing at Bletchley Park during the Second World War.