Reanimating submarine HMS Alliance
A relic of WWII and the Cold War era
Researching and creating a generative 50-channel soundscape to reanimate the submarine HMS Alliance – a relic from the Cold War, comissioned at the end of WWII. Informed by detailed research with veteran submariners, this is a permanent installation in dry dock in Gosport, UK.
Over the winter 2013-14, I swapped my studio for submarine HMS Alliance where I installed a new, generative (i.e. algorithmically controlled, ever-changing) 50-channel sound piece.
HMS Alliance is the UK’s last surviving WWII-era submarine. Work on Alliance started in 1945, she was ready to go to sea in 1947 and was in service for three decades. Alliance patrolled the oceans and conducted cloak and dagger missions during the Cold War (no-one will officially say where). She’s now open as a museum and a memorial to other Royal Navy submarines lost at sea, including her sister, The Affray, which sank in 1951 with the loss of 75 lives.