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Antarctic Data Jams

antm.jpgAntarctic Data Jams: In February 2007, Mediashed and The Junction invited you to come and play with live data sent from Antarctic by the I-TASC Groundhog team, and turn it into shapes for your ears and eyes. All the performances from both events were recorded and excerpts from them now appear for the first time on CD. Also included are tracks made from Antarctic data by artists who were on the ice or who submitted work for the performances.

Artists that took part in ADJ were: Thomas Mulcaire, Adam Hyde, 1st Born aka Ntsikelelo Ntshingila, Rebecca Mattos, Amanda Rodrigues Alves, Aymeric Mansoux, Harwood, Tony Shaper, Derek Shaw, Stuart Bowditch, Rob Gretton, David Valentine, Mike Lowther and Johnathon Gilmurray.

Antarctic Data Jams are events where we invite you to make songs, images, videos or just plain noise from raw weather data from the Antarctic. During the day there is a workshop and in the evening a performance. If you prefer to work at home, just find any kind of Antarctic data (we have supplied some, see left) and if you create something with it, bring it along to the event.

SoSLUG in conjunction with MediaShed and I-TASC (Interpolar Transnational Art Science Constellation), has sent Weather Monitoring equipment to the Antarctic to capture environmental data to be transformed into sensational music that programmers and artists can Jam to. The first two Antarctic Data Jams were run at The MediaShed in Southend on Sea and The Junction in Cambridge (see ADJ Events).

You do not need to be a programmer or a Geek to join in, it’s all about having some fun at the expense of raw dull scientific data. You don’t even need to use the software that we provide. For instance you can, if you want collect your own Antarctic sounds, manipulate them as you wish, make some audio tracks from them and play them at our event sessions. Their are no restrictions on the equipment to use our only stipulation is that it should have some or all Antarctica sound or data content.


Sep 17, 2008
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