Project description

Sonicules is a immersive audio-visual live performance and interactive installation, which engages audiences with the process and challenges involved in the design of new anticancer drugs. It centres on project team’s research in investigating the potential use of spatial sound to speed up the drug design process. The performance takes its creative impetus from interactions between biochemical data, interactive immersive surround sound and audio reactive visualisations based on 3D molecular models.
Project was supported by Wellcome Trust (UK) and Centre of Chronic Diseases and Disorders. Premiered at Festival of Ideas, York, UK and subsequently showcased throughout Europe at festivals such as Stockholm Tech Fest 2017 (Sweden) where opened the festival after invitation and support from Polska Institutet Stockholm and Polish Embassy Stockholm. It was presented on scientific conferences such as IX Symposium of Society of Polish Bioinformatics (Poland) and is featured in the book Soundings: documentary film and the listening experience (Rudnicki, Brereton, 2018). Piece was substantially updated over the years (2016-2018) in terms of sound design, visual design and audiovisual interaction. Further grants included Copernicus Science Centre and Samsung (Poland), as well as Massey University, that provided funding for travel allowing showcasing the piece internationally on seminars and symposia.

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Centre of Chronic Diseases and Disorders




Radek Rudnicki – Sound design, composition and performance
Jakub Hader – Visual design
Jude Brereton – Spatial sound, scientific advice
Andrew Chadwick – Game audio programming
Alasdair Munday – Game audio programming
Paul Walton – Chemistry, scientific advice
Darren Reed – Sociology, Interaction Advisor
Christopher Power – Computer Science, HCI analysis
Brian Katz – External Advisor