Sound artist Gerriet K. Sharma designs sound sculptures of BESSY VSR

 Gerriet K. Sharma is setting up the icosahedral loudspeaker, photo: Kristijan Smok (izlog)

 Gerriet K. Sharma is setting up the icosahedral loudspeaker, photo: Kristijan Smok (izlog)

From 13 to 19 July 2016, the artist will be recording sounds on location

The electron storage ring BESSY II is the backdrop for an extraordinary art project. Sound artist Gerriet K. Sharma of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz will translate the principles of accelerator physics into three-dimensional acoustic compositions. From 13 to 19 July 2016, the artist will be on location to record sounds directly in the electron storage ring. 

The electron storage ring BESSY II is the backdrop for an extraordinary art project. Sound artist Gerriet K. Sharma of the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz will translate the principles of accelerator physics into three-dimensional acoustic compositions. From 13 to 19 July 2016, the artist will be on location to record sounds directly in the electron storage ring. 

Gerriet K. Sharma found inspiration for this work in the expansion project BESSY VSR. Accelerator experts at HZB want to expand the synchrotron radiation source BESSY II into a variable-pulse-length storage ring – as the first team to do so worldwide. Each measuring station will then offer a choice between long and short light pulses. The artist has been working on this extraordinary project together with HZB researchers since the spring of 2016, to transform accelerator physics into an extraordinary 3D sound experience.

To generate the unique soundscapes of BESSY VSR, Gerriet K. Sharma is using an icosahedral loudspeaker. The acoustic figures it produces move almost physically through the room. “The combination of art and science is very prominent in this project. Both work with frequencies, amplitudes and overlays – just in different media,” says Kerstin Berthold, who is supervising the art project at HZB together with researchers from the Institute for Accelerator Physics.

After many months of intensive compositional work, the artist plans to present his work in the summer of 2017.

Notice for employees:
While he is working at BESSY II, the artist will be sampling tone and sound sequences in the ring, foyer and auditorium. Please understand that it may briefly get a little louder than usual, at times.

Project partners:

Gerriet K. Sharma (artist)
studied media art at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, and composition and computer music at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. He is currently writing his doctoral thesis at the renowned art university in Graz on “Composing Sculptural Sound Phenomena in Computer Music”.  Among other distinctions, he received the 2008 German Soundart Award.

Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin

Institute for Accelerator Physics

Paul Goslawski, Godehard Wüstefeld and Martin Ruprecht

Communication Departement

Kerstin Berthold

(kb/sz)


You might also be interested in

  • Unconventional piezoelectricity in ferroelectric hafnia
    Science Highlight
    26.02.2024
    Unconventional piezoelectricity in ferroelectric hafnia
    Hafnium oxide thin films are a fascinating class of materials with robust ferroelectric properties in the nanometre range. While their ferroelectric behaviour is extensively studied, results on piezoelectric effects have so far remained mysterious. A new study now shows that the piezoelectricity in ferroelectric Hf0.5Zr0.5O2 thin films can be dynamically changed by electric field cycling. Another ground-breaking result is a possible occurrence of an intrinsic non-piezoelectric ferroelectric compound. These unconventional features in hafnia offer new options for use in microelectronics and information technology.
  • Sodium-ion batteries: How doping works
    Science Highlight
    20.02.2024
    Sodium-ion batteries: How doping works
    Sodium-ion batteries still have a number of weaknesses that could be remedied by optimising the battery materials. One possibility is to dope the cathode material with foreign elements. A team from HZB and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin has now investigated the effects of doping with Scandium and Magnesium. The scientists collected data at the X-ray sources BESSY II, PETRA III, and SOLARIS to get a complete picture and uncovered two competing mechanisms that determine the stability of the cathodes.
  • BESSY II: Local variations in the structure of High-Entropy Alloys
    Science Highlight
    30.01.2024
    BESSY II: Local variations in the structure of High-Entropy Alloys
    High-entropy alloys can withstand extreme heat and stress, making them suitable for a variety of specific applications. A new study at the X-ray synchrotron radiation source BESSY II has now provided deeper insights into the ordering processes and diffusion phenomena in these materials. The study involved teams from HZB, the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, the University of Latvia and the University of Münster.