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Selenophonia is a recording made in the Whispering Gallery at St Paul's Cathedral. The names of geographic sites on the Moon are heard mediated by the acoustic qualities of Christopher Wren's architecture.
Using the architecture as an instrument, the piece is a tribute to Wren's twin obsessions with architecture and astronomy - especially the Moon itself of which Wren created the most accurate maps and globe. He presented this 'selenophere' to Charles II, and is pictured pointing to it with one hand holding a plan of the cathedral in the other in the Sheldonian portrait
The piece suggests an implicit relationship between the moon and St Paul's, recasting the dome as Wren's man made moon.
Performance: Mia Austen
Recording: Alice Masters