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“Data-Driven DJ: Distance From Home” by Brian Foo


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.


Jul 8, 2015
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“Two Trains” by Data-Driven DJ aka Brian Foo

brian_foo.jpgTwo 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. Continue reading


Feb 8, 2015
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Mendi+Keith Obadike and Sounding Race in America

m_k_portraitnew.jpgSeveral years ago — after working on media art, myths, songs about invisible networks and imaginary places — Mendi+Keith Obadike started a series of sound art projects about America, Sounding Race in America. In making these public sound artworks about the US, they asked themselves questions about funk, austerity, debt and responsibility, aesthetics, and inheritance. They also attempt to reckon with data, which orders so much of our lives with its presence or absence.

They are interested in how data might be understood differently once sonified or made musical. They want to explore what kinds of codes are embedded in the architecture of American culture. More here.


Oct 13, 2014
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20 Hz by Semiconductor


20 Hz — by Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt) — observes a geo-magnetic storm occurring in the Earth’s upper atmosphere. Continue reading


Nov 7, 2011
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Net_Music_Weekly: Weather Scores & Sculptures

hurricane_noel_sculpture.jpgNathalie Miebach is a Boston-based artist who translates weather data into complex sculptures and musical scores.

“Recently, I have begun translating weather data collected in cities into musical scores, which are then translated into sculptures as well as being a source for collaboration with musicians. These pieces are not only devices that map meteorological conditions of a specific time and place, but are also functional musical scores to be played by musicians. While musicians have freedom to interpret, they are asked not to change the essential relationship of the notes to ensure that what is still heard is indeed the meteorological relationship of weather data.” (Scroll down for the Call for Composers.) Continue reading


Oct 25, 2011
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EU_tracer by Paweł Janicki

eutracer_screen-0007.jpgPaweł Janicki’s EU_tracer is a media work that transforms Internet traffic into a variety of audiovisual forms. Continue reading


Oct 15, 2011
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Live Stage: Data/Fields [us Arlington, VA]

datafields_thumbnail_website.jpgArtisphere presents New Media Exhibit: Data/Fields :: Thursday, September 22, 2011 through Sunday, November 27, 2011 :: Five International Artists Explore the Flow and Transfer of Sensory Data :: Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia ::

Internationally renowned sound artist Richard Chartiere brings together a celebrated group of international artists for a thought-provoking new media exhibit which explores the connection between the viewer and the flow and transfer of data at Artisphere from Thursday, September 22 –Sunday, November 27, 2011. These selected and commissioned works by Caleb Coppock (U.S.), Mark Fell (U.K.), Andy Graydon (U.S./Germany), Ryoji Ikeda (Japan), France Jobin (Canada) act as hubs of sensory information-sites of signal, noise, presence, and absence. Data/Fields marks the artists’ gallery debut in the Washington, DC-area and includes two premiere exhibitions in the United States. Continue reading


Sep 23, 2011
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Waveforms by Carrie Bodle [us Seattle, WA]

Waveforms by Carrie Bodle :: October 28 – November 28, 2010 :: Harborview Eye Institute, 7th Floor, Ninth & Jefferson Building, 908 Jefferson St., Seattle, WA.

Part of her Sewing Sonifications series, Waveforms originated from a collaboration with UW Oceanographic Scientist Dr. Neil Banas and is an exploration into using data from ecosystem models along the Washington coast to create tangible experiences of research through art. Sound is translated from data, then visualized and made tactile by the artist embroidering the combined waveform into a continuous sound wave.

Waveforms was made with the support of Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, 4Culture, and Harborview Medical Center.


Nov 1, 2010
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Weaving Baskets and Making Music from Weather Data

weather.jpgVia wired.com: Nathalie Miebach uses data from meteorological and astronomical instruments and ecological surveys to create sculptures and music. The chosen medium for Miebach’s work is basket-weaving, because it presents a three-dimensional grid on which to plot raw numbers. The dimensions, shape and orientation of the basket also depend very much on the data. “I never know what the shape will be beforehand, which often leaves me scratching my head,” said Miebach, in an interview with the Peabody Essex Museum.

Miebach likes to collect the data herself, spending hours and days in the field trying to understand complex, dynamic relationships between different variables in an environment. The key, she says, often isn’t to examine the numbers on the instrument — it’s to observe the different things that are going on around you. Continue reading


Sep 7, 2010
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Live Stage: Slow Electronics [online]

slow_one_01trans.gifSlow Electronics hosted by Jake Elliot & jonCates :: June 6, 2010; 6:00 – 7:00 pm (EST) and every Sunday/Monday (Sundays: 2-4PM (US Pacific); 4-6PM (US Central); 6-7PM (US Eastern); Mondays: 10PM-12AM (UK/GMT); 11AM-1PM (NZ)) :: On transatlantic nets to connect Chicago .US, Linz .AT & internets radio via http://glitch.fm from 4PM – 6PM CST (Chicago .US) AKA 11PM CEST (Linz .AT)

A weekly broadcast of Slow Electronics – measured sounds in active inversion of misogynist+fascist Power Electronics. The grind of disused VHS decks, turntables at -500%, low-power high-impact wall-of-drone solutions.” … listen to the slow streams within streams of recursive machines inna feedbacked whirld we live in live every Sundaze: glitch.fm_v2.

Southbridge is the label for the musical genre of Slow Electronics. We are concerned with decoding and resisting crypto-fascist patriarchal Power Electronics. Continue reading


Jun 6, 2010
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