Haiku Salut-soundtracked play about Ada Lovelace seeks funding

A Haiku Salut-soundtracked play telling the story of digital pioneer Ada Lovelace is seeking crowd funding to go into production.

Ada, by Poetical Machines, will tell the story of Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, born Augusta Ada Byron and now commonly known as Ada Lovelace, was an English mathematician and writer chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage’s early mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine.

The play will be soundtracked by Derbyshire band Haiku Salut, their electronic compositions reflecting Ada’s own talents as a musician with Poetical Machines arguing she was “the starting point for the continuum of ground-breaking female electronic musicians such as Daphne Oram, Delia Derbyshire, Kate Bush, Bjork, Imogen Heap, Laurie Anderson, FKA Twigs, St Vincent, Haiku Salut and many others. These artists all bring a heightened theatricality to rock music performance and we will explore to what extent that process can be mirrored in theatrical productions.”

The crowd funding campaign looks to raise £5000 and includes rewards such as a signed Haiku Salut record and being present in the studio when they record the soundtrack. Poetical Machines say they hope they, “can inspire young people, girls especially, to embrace STEAM projects as the exciting future for technology and creative expression. The STEAM movement is taking Science Technology and Maths subjects (STEM) and adding Art & Design, recognising that these are all part of the human creative urge and experience and not mutually exclusive realms. Ada Lovelace understood that and predicted a future where computers would create music and art and not be simple counting machines. Humankind needs future Ada Lovelaces to survive and flourish and we want to inspire them now with the Ada project.”

You can support the Ada project on Kickstarter here. Haiku Salut are currently working on their third long player.

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