Flocking I for string orchestra
Flocking I-II for saxophone orchestra
The Flocking series was developed in collaboration with mathematical biologist Luke Coburn and Dr. Iain Couzin (CouzinLab, Princeton University).
CouzinLab is a highly interdisciplinary environment with a closely integrated experimental and theoretical research program that aims to elucidate the fundamental principles underlying collective behaviour across different levels of biological organization.
Flocking I-II is based on data generated by the study and simulation of flocking patterns in birds, particularly in the spectacular roosting of the swallow, known as a murmuration.
This work was a study into the underlying rules that govern the formation of these patterns. The movements of the birds over time was represented on a 3-dimensional x,y,z axis which maps the spatial positioning over a 60-second period. The translation process for converting the movements of the birds into notes on the score is approximately: x = dynamic, y = note duration, z = pitch. The data was quantized to fit the 60-note pitch range of the saxophone orchestra and correspondingly each flock is formed of 12 birds.
Flocking I-II composed for saxophone orchestra with transcription for string orchestra of Flocking I.