I’ve spent the past few months working on a commission from Psappha. It’s called The Galaxy Rotation Problem, and the premiere is on 2 November – details here http://events.manchester.ac.uk/event/event:z3q-hj5iqpcx-6dub26
Flier here Psappha 2nd November – Manchester Uni A5
This is the programme note:
Vera Rubin (b.1928) is an astronomer whose research led to theories of dark matter in the universe. Her observations that objects at the outer limits of galaxies rotate much faster than the laws of physics predict was an important landmark in our understanding of space: unseen, non-luminous, dark matter of significant mass must exist.
The Galaxy Rotation Problem is an impossible journey through some of the galaxies observed by Rubin: their properties are re-imagined sonically, guiding the listener through terra incognita light years apart.