Organ of Corti at Poltimore House, Exeter · 08:09:11

Organ of Corti at Poltimore House, Exeter

Organ of Corti will be at Poltimore House which is open this weekend as part of the National Heritage Weekend 10-11 September

This National Heritage weekend, 10 and 11 September 2011, Organ of Corti by liminal, winner of PRS for Music Foundation’s New Music Award (2010) will be at Poltimore House in Exeter. A 21st Century ‘folly’ to sound, it stands on the main lawn inviting visitors to listen to the M5 road traffic noise and reconsider the wider environmental sounds found on the Poltimore Estate.

Organ of Corti is a visually transparent sonic crystal, which takes sounds and subtly filters them to produce shifts in the perceived hum. Visitors are invited to move around and through this experimental instrument, inspiring them to contemplate the act of listening itself.

Taking its name from the organ of hearing in the inner ear, Organ of Corti explores the wider implications of recent developments in our understanding of acoustics and the neuroscience of hearing’s (how we listen) impact on health, music and culture, including our attitudes to sound in architecture, planning and our environment. It will remain at Poltimore House for the foreseeable future and will be open to the public on their open days. Interested groups and individuals can visit by arrangement on other days. If you would like to arrange a visit or for more information please contact Poltimore House on 01392 248 938 or

Organ of Corti has been made possible through the generosity of funders PRS for Music Foundation and Arts Council England. The tour was hosted by the City of London Festival, Lake District Summer Music Festival, Cotswold Water Park Trust and Worcester Music Festival. It has been developed in partnership with the Acoustics Research Group at the Open University, Vista Projects and Sustrans, with support from the Knowledge Escalator South West Proof of Concept Fund (administered by the University College Falmouth),City of London Pollution Team, Eden Arts, Friends of the Lake District, Cumbria Tourism, Worcester City Council, Worcestershire County Council, Severn Trent Water, Diglis Hotel, Worcester, Worcester New College and Mark Leahy. The design team are Liminal, Acoustics Research Group at the Open University, OMK Design Consultancy and Tandem. Sponsorship from Westmorland Ltd. Westmorland Hotel & Tebay Services. The project was developed at Space with support from The Dartington Hall Trust.


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