Fathom: Hudson River Data as Music premiers at Towne Crier in Beacon


Experimental trumpeter, composer and technologist Ben Neill teams again with his frequent collaborator, the dream-pop songwriter Mimi Goese (Hugo Largo), in what is, on paper at least, one of the most conceptually fascinating avant-garde projects to emerge from that hotbed of experimental and cross-media art that the Beacon area has become.

In association with the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries of Clarkson University, Neill and Goese present Fathom: Hudson River Data as Music, a world debut of new music on Thursday, November 17 at the Towne Crier Café in Beacon. Fathom uses several novel technologies and their formidable imaginations to “sonify” (convert to music) data gathered by the Institute in the course of Hurricane Sandy.

Hurricane Sandy tore through the Hudson Valley and the Atlantic Northeast in late October of 2012 with a deadly combination of high winds, tides and a Full Moon, generating data that measured physical reactions to the storm. For Fathom, data graphs from seven locations spanning the Adirondacks to West Point document the dynamic Hudson River conditions that will be converted into electronic music onstage at its Towne Crier debut. Each parameter of river data chosen for Fathom, including barometric pressure and wind speed, will become a different sound, instrument or vocal part.


Fathom: Hudson River Data as Music, with a post-performance question-and-answer session, will be debuted at the Towne Crier Café in Beacon on Thursday, November 17 at 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public, though reservations are suggested. For reservations, visit www.bire.org/events. The Towne Crier Café is located at 379 Main Street in Beacon.