Nova maps all the supernova events recorded in history into an audio-visual installation distributing the information through light and sound. The information is laser cut into board and diffused as light using several overhead projectors. The data is mapped with the oldest recorded supernovas occurring at the top of the visualisation and supernovas recorded most recently placed at the bottom. The visualisation reads year in the x axis and month in the y axis, the size of each rectangle reflects the recorded magnitude of each supernova.
As we move towards the present and improved methods of supernova detection the recorded supernova events become increasingly common with supernovas of low magnitude being recognised more frequently. A spinning dream machine is used to split the light from the two overhead projectors and create a stereoscopic pulsing effect viewable from certain angles. The diffused light is accompanied by sonified data of each recorded supernova which is output as sound and visual though a CRT display. The sonification is complimented by a constantly evolving generative soundscape that takes subtle cues from the data stream to create changes in volume, pitch and speaker diffusion.
NOVA is part of Turbulent Forms and funded by Arts Council England and the British Council. The work is presented by the Canadian Music Centre and New Adventures in Sound Art.