Fermentophone is a multi-sensory installation in which an algorithmically generated musical composition is performed by living cultures of bacteria and yeast. The installation comprises a series of different vessels containing actively fermenting foodstuffs and beverages, which are wired with electronic sensors. Each colorful, odorous, and edible ferment has its own musical vocabulary which is expressed according to microbial activity. The installation was presented at the Hacking Arts festival at the MIT Media Lab.
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Krewe Coumbite is a sonic instrument of study in Black and Indigenous Diasporas ecology and vernacular rhythms documented from 1940s til current. The work focuses specifically on vernacular of cultural musings expressed in: noise, chants, stories, lullabies, narratives around naming, Cultural sayings/proverbs/recipes, and in working-class rituals such as public transit, migration, service work, and in community gatherings. Read the rest of this entry »
SHRINE: a Torii Gate (where the spirits are more likely to hear your prayers) opens at the Kobe Biennale, Japan on September 19, 2015. It is a public interactive sound sculpture that allows spectators to express themselves and play music and messages directly through it.
200 recycled loudspeakers are mounted on a 4 -meter high Torii Gate structure and connected together. Four people can simultaneously be connected to a 8-channel speakers system that allows them to express themselves directly via a microphone input or their smart phones with Bluetooth technology. At the same time the sculpture amplifies “recycled“ electromagnetic waves (white noise): the low-volume sounds are permanently hearable as a “background” sound that changes throughout the day: this is the “pulse” of the sculpture. Additionally SHRINE can also be used as a sound system for concerts, formal occasions and open-air events.
What’s your Guthman Instrument?: Georgia Tech’s 2016 Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition is an annual event aimed at identifying the world’s next generation of musical instruments and unveiling the best new ideas in musicality, design, and engineering. Read the rest of this entry »
Blues Speaker [for James Baldwin] — by Mendi + Keith Obadike — is a public sound art installation dedicated to writer and public intellectual James Baldwin (1924-1987). For Baldwin sound, music, and the blues in particular were sources of inspiration. The multichannel sound art work meditates on a politics of listening found at the intersection of Baldwinʼs language and the sound worlds invoked in his work. It uses the glass façade of The New School’s University Center as delivery system for the sound, turning the building itself into a speaker. The 12-hour piece is created using slow moving harmonies, melodicized language from Baldwinʼs writings, ambient recordings from the streets of Harlem, and an inventory of sounds contained in Baldwin’s story “Sonnyʼs Blues.”
Distance From Home: Translating four decades of global refugee movement to song by Brian Foo, is part of Data-Driven DJ, a series of music experiments that combine data, algorithms, and borrowed sounds. The goal is to explore new experiences around consuming data beyond the written and visual forms. This song was generated using refugee data from the United Nations from 1975 to 2012. The quantity, length, and pitch of the song’s instruments are controlled by the volume of refugee movement and distance traveled between their countries of origin and asylum. More here.
radioCona:Zima FM / radioCona:Winter FM :: February 15–19, 2015, 19:09* till late, very late at night :: radioCona FM 88.8MHz, Ljubljana, Slovenia and stream. *radioCona will tune in for five days in a row exactly at nightfall. This is the time when the atmosphere is no longer filled with the fine sunlight, when the sun reaches 18 degrees or more below the horizon.
Curated by Jasmina Založnik, Brane Zorman, Irena Pivka, and Jeff Kolar radioCona:Zima FM is a soundart and radioart exhibition that takes place across an FM frequency. It brings together and presents a selection of works combining the medium of radio or sound with a winter landscape, with a special focus on nighttime. Read the rest of this entry »
Two Trains: Sonification of Income Inequality on the NYC Subway by Data-Driven DJ aka Brian Foo: The goal of this song is to emulate a ride on the New York City Subway’s 2 Train through three boroughs: Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Bronx. At any given time, the quantity and dynamics of the song’s instruments correspond to the median household income of that area. For example, as you pass through a wealthier area such as the Financial District, the instruments you hear in the song will increase in quantity, volume, and force. Stylistically, I want the song to exhibit the energy and orderly chaos of the NYC subway system itself. Read the rest of this entry »
Ethernet Orchestra are pleased to announce the release of their debut album Diaspora: Explorations in Intercultural Tele-Improvisation through the Chilean net label Peublo Nuevo released 16.12.14. Download it for free now.
Diaspora is a compilation of live freely improvised performances by Ethernet Orchestra recorded between 2009-2014. It features musicians from a diverse range of cultures and musical traditions performing simultaneously between Iran and Australia via North America, Brazil and Europe.
The ensemble combines an array of instruments including Mongolian horse fiddle & throat singing, tabla, Persian tanbur & tar blended with Buchla synthesizer, guitar, trumpet, sax and Max/MSP processing. The majority of the recordings are from performances with live, online, and co-located audiences. Read the rest of this entry »
Radius 58: Hibernaculum : Vortex (13:44) by Carver Audain.
Hibernaculum : Vortex was inspired by the Polar Vortex experienced in the Northern Hemisphere of the United States during the winter of 2014. Comprised almost entirely of amplitude modulation (AM) radio signals and recordings of the wind captured from a point of high altitude during Hurricane Sandy, the movement within the piece reflects the character of specific recent extreme weather events from the perspective of an individual located at roughly 40° 40’ 58” N 73° 57’ 53’ W. Read the rest of this entry »