Sonified Body

Photo of dancer Catriona Robertson working with Tim Murray-Browne in a studio at the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow. Photo by Alan Paterson.
  • 2021
  • AI-based instrument transforming dance into sound
  • Tim Murray-Browne and Panagiotis Tigas

Sonified Body uses AI to transform the moving body into sound to create a dance-controlled instrument. Our aim is to create a system that responds holistically and continuously to movements of the body in a way that feels intuitive.

Cave of Sounds

Overview photo of the Cave of Sounds installation led by Tim Murray-Browne at Athens Science Festival. Photograph by Anastasia Alekseeva.
  • 2013
  • Interactive sound installation
  • Tim Murray-Browne, Dom Aversano, Sus Garcia, Wallace Hobbes, Daniel Lopez, Tadeo Sendon, Panagiotis Tigas, Kacper Ziemianin

Cave of Sounds is an interactive sound installation exploring the power of music to bind individuals together and the visceral urge to use technology to broadcast our identity.

Inspired by the prehistoric origins of music, the work is formed of eight original musical instruments, arranged in a circle facing inwards. Each instrument has been designed and created by an individual as an embodiment of their own artistic practice, but also to exist together as a new ensemble.

In the hands of its audience, the work is crafted to provoke participants to connect and resonate with each other through musical expression.

Movement Alphabet

A face with a blindfold being removed. Still image from a documentation film about Movement Alphabet by Jan-Ming Lee and Tim Murray-Browne.
  • 2016
  • Immersive one-to-one performance creating algorithmic portraits of movement
  • Jan-Ming Lee and Tim Murray-Browne

Movement Alphabet combines interactive technology with immersive performance to visualise the physical personality embodied in how we move in daily life.

Each visitor of the interactive artwork is led by a guide on a journey through their own memories and stories. During this, their movements are analysed and rendered into a Movement Portrait through a process akin to a digital calligraphy of the whole body.

Post-Truth and Beauty

Photo of a light and sound sculpture installed in a gallery. Post-Truth and Beauty by Tim Murray-Browne and Aphra Shemza.
  • 2017
  • Interactive light and 3D sound sculpture
  • Tim Murray-Browne and Aphra Shemza

Post-Truth and Beauty aims to create a sensory experience analogous to the ungraspable nature of ‘truth’ by presenting partial glimpses into an abstract world of light and sound.

Visitors are invited to interact with the work one at a time by entering into the speaker ring. Light and sound both change in response to where the viewer’s head is positioned. Different parts of this world are revealed as the viewer moves their head and changes their perspective.

This Floating World

A photo of Jan-Ming Lee dancing on stage at The Place with computer rendered visuals projected behind, taken during a performance of This Floating World by Tim Murray-Browne and Jan-Ming Lee. Photo by Tadeo Sendon.
  • 2015
  • Interactive audiovisual dance performance
  • Tim Murray-Browne and Jan-Ming Lee

This Floating World is a dance solo performed in an interactive environment of computer generated visuals and sound. The piece is inspired by vines whose form is cast by the buildings against which they grow, and riverbeds that both guide and are moulded by the water they carry.

The dancer’s movement on stage is tracked using a 3D camera. Custom software analyses this movement. In combination with live input from a nearby laptop, this generates visuals for the onstage projection and modulates the musical score.

Self-Absorbed Face Dance

Still image of AI-generated eyes from Tim Murray-Browne's short film Self-Absorbed Face Dance
  • 2021
  • AI-rendered short film
  • Tim Murray-Browne

A short video warping through different deformations of my face. I trained a GAN (a type of generative AI model) to reproduce images of me. I used the full movement of my body to navigate the vast range of possible images.

Fractal Reef

Still image showing Fractal Reef by Tim Murray-Browne
  • 2022
  • Real-time generative animation, NFT series
  • Tim Murray-Browne

Fractal Reef is a generative artwork rendered in real-time, released as a series of 87 NFTs on the eco-friendly platform fxhash. Each minted iteration opens a new window onto the immense undulating landscape.

The Limits of Abstraction

Still image from Tim Murray-Browne's short film The Limits of Abstraction showing an AI rendered landscape
  • 2021
  • AI generated visuals
  • Tim Murray-Browne

A hallucinating AI trained on around 50,000 photos that I've taken over the past 20 years.

Part of a project exploring new forms of dialogue between human and computer that are not based on the manipulation of virtual objects. Instead, I'm working with the embodied, lived experience and our capacity for resonance.

Anamorphic Composition No. 1

A render of lines in 3D space with a sphere representing the head of the participant moving through them. Screenshot from the controller view of Anamorphic Composition No. 1 by Tim Murray-Browne.
  • 2016
  • Interactive 3D sound installation
  • Tim Murray-Browne

Anamorphic Composition No. 1 is an interactive sound installation experienced through head movement. A frozen moment of music is scattered into shards of sound, cutting through physical space and audible when touched by the listener’s head.

This sound can no longer be sensed holistically in an instant but explored as individual parts. The areas where these shards intersect create sweet spots, where fragments of a greater harmony echo ephemerally.

Music to Swim to

A photo of London Aquatics Centre where Tim Murray-Browne's "Music to Swim to" was performed.
  • 2016
  • Site-specific live performance
  • Tim Murray-Browne

Music to Swim to is a piece composed for swimmers performed at the Olympic swimming pool in the London Aquatics Centre on 25 November 2015 as a part of Bigga Fish Festival.

The piece is a 25 minute meditation inspired by the meditative mechanics of the swimming body as it propels itself through coordinated cycles of releasing energy into the water.