Artist Focus 24: Timothy Chesney and Bret Battey

5 October, 2013

Tim Chesney

Timothy’s work has been predominately based around interactive virtual environments in immersive spaces. Since 2009, he has worked as a student and research technician at Nottingham Trent University in Interactive and Narrative Arts. His studies have lead him to design and create content for the immersive 360° dome to act as a “mobile classroom” touring Nottinghamshire schools with a broad range of demographics and cultural engagement/interests.


Timothy is exploring the immersive and interactive value of the Go-Dome portable planetarium technology that has predominantly been utilised in science and astronomical education. The Virtual Gallery project challenges exclusive scientific usage of The Go-Dome and is being tested and implemented in artistic education, practice and events.

Revolution means challenging traditional ideas and concepts in regards to art and exploring the technological experiences and interactions possible in contemporary advancements. – Timothy Chesney

Bret Battey

Bret Battey creates electronic, acoustic, and multimedia concert works and installations, using custom generative music and image techniques. He has received prizes and recognitions from Amsterdam Film eXperience, the Red Stick International Animation Festival, the Fresh Minds Festival and a few others for his audiovisual compositions.

He is a Senior Lecturer in Music, Technology, and Innovation at De Montfort University in Leicester. He pursues research in areas related to algorithmic music, digital signal processing, image and sound relationship, and expressive synthesis, with papers published in Computer Music Journal and Organised Sound.

Clonal Colonies

for ensemble, computer-realized video and sound (2011)

[two movements: fresh runners + soft strata]

Clonal Colonies was commissioned by New York’s Avian Orchestra for their botany-themed concert Vegetative States in 2011. In the work, densely interlocked audio and visual textures form an audiovisual dance derived from biologically-inspired computer processes.

A “clonal colony” is a group of genetically identical plants. Child plants are propagated by “runners” that emerge from a parent plant. Thus colony members may appear as individual plants above the ground, but are interconnected underground.

This is analogous to the computer algorithms used in the creation of the music. Each musical phrase can be thought of as the disposition of a single plant. All instrumental parts share the same underlying “genetic code”. But each instrumental behavior influences and is influenced by the others’. The image process, too, can be compared to some of the processes that give form to plants, where simple mathematical processes compound to create the complex and the fascinating.

Revolution. Around and around. Sine waves. The core oscillation of the universe. Birth to Death and again. Harmonic/inharmonic motion — integer or fractional relationships to a fundamental rate of revolution — made audible, visible. In Taoist terms, the “ten-thousand things” arise out of the unity and simplicity of revolution. – Bret Battey


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