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N. @ Siggraph 07

n.jpgN. is an artistic visualization and sonification (direct translation of data to sound) of near real-time Arctic data. N. is an ongoing, evolving composition.

A dramatic warming trend has been experienced by the Arctic over the last decade that may accelerate global climate change. The N. installation expresses the isolation and environmental extremes of this remote region and addresses the importance of the region to the global ecosystem. Data and images for N. have been provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Arctic research program. A portion of the raw sound material used in N. comes from live sferics (short for atmospherics), electromagnetic transmissions of lightning from the INSPIRE VLF (very low frequency) receiver at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. N. also makes use of a custom, open source object for Max / MSP called Datareader created by Andrea Polli and Kurt Ralske. Continue reading


Aug 8, 2007
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Live Stage: xxxxx workshop _18 [de Berlin]

scrying.jpgxxxxx workshop _18 Berlin :: July 7, 2:00 PM: Mini_maxwell: City EM (electromagnetic) sniffing and flaneur with ap/xxxxx :: A reduced companion to the Oslo Maxwell City workshop investigating artistic uses of EM (electromagnetic) substance within Berlin, Mitte. Participants will build a small variety of simple electronic sniffing device to actively explore in primarily aural manner the alternative city space of ghost EM architecture (mobile emissions, metal structures supporting existent buildings, power and lines of transmission). EM sniffing is presented as contemporary city flaneur and divining activity. References: http://anart.no/projects/maxwell-city/; http://scrying.org; Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon, Jonathan Cape (21 Nov 2006). Please bring headphones and any audio/video recording device (minidisc, video camera, walkman). Continue reading


Jul 2, 2007
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Live Stage: (in)visible sounds [nl Amsterdam]

semiconductor.jpgThe Netherlands Media Art Institute presents in collaboration with the 5 days off festival the exhibition (in)visible sounds :: open until July 14 – Tuesday through Saturday from 1:00 ­ 6:00 p.m.; also open on the first Sunday of the month. Entry: € 2,50 (1,50 with discount.) :: Performances: July 4-8 in Paradiso, Melkweg and the Netherlands Media Art Institute :: Reservations: info [at] montevideo.nl.

Semiconductor (UK) :: July 4, Time: 8.30 p.m. For Brilliant Noise the most beautiful satellite images of the sun have been selected from an open access archive. The radiation intensity is translated into audio fragments so as to focus attention on the hidden forces of the solar system. A computer that ‘listens’ to audio files and is able to translate these into digital images, depending on the amount of resonance, is at the heart of the performance Sonic Inc: Where has the Future Gone? Continue reading


Jul 2, 2007
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The Earth’s Original 4.5 Billion Year Old Electronic Music Composition

earths_4_5_billion.jpgIf human beings had radio antennae instead of ears, they would perceive an entirely different sonic universe to that which we presently inhabit. Radio signals, created by the planet itself, surround us at all times, wherever we are. At parts of the frequency range far below that of most man-made radio transmissions, these phenomena can be thought of as a level of sonic reality beyond (although surrounding) our daily sound experience. For although radio waves are generated by vibrations in electro-magnetic materials rather than air particles (as is the case with sound waves) we nonetheless tend to think of radio as a purely sonic medium. Continue reading


Jun 29, 2007
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Live Stage: {R} A K E [Brooklyn, NY]

zachlayton.jpg{R} A K E: May 17, 8 – 10:30 pm :: Monkey Town, 58 North 3rd Street (bet. Kent & Wythe), Williamsburg, Brooklyn :: 718 384-1369 :: Limited seating, reservations recommended :: $7 :: Christian Pincock (music), Andrew Demirjian (video/music), Jane Rigler (music) :: Zachary Layton (video/music) :: Bubblyfish (Haeyoung Kim) (music), Alessandro Imperato (video).

{R}ake is a performance series of alternative and collaborative electro-acoustic music and video. Performances range from pure improvisation to more structured pieces, with video-artists and musicians working together in exploratory ways. Continue reading


May 18, 2007
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The Art of Hardware Hacking w/ Nicholas Collins

collins.jpgTHE ART OF HARDWARE HACKING w/ NICHOLAS COLLINS :: Harvestworks :: Date: June 1 – 4, 2007 :: Time: 10 am – 5pm :: Cost: $350 for members, $410 for non-members – plus $50.00 lab fee :: Location: HARVESTWORKS Digital Media Arts Center, 596 Broadway, Suite 602 (at Houston St), New York, NY 10012 (during our New York Electronic Arts Festival in June) :: Performance: June 4th at 4pm :: Contact: Hans Tammen 212-431-1130.

Please note that the 2005 workshop sold out quickly. We are also happy to announce that this workshop will be held in our newly renovated presentation space at the Harvestworks facility, so the class can accomodate 20 students. To sign up, call Hans Tammen at 212-431-1130, or use our webstore. Continue reading


Apr 17, 2007
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Live Stage: The Oldenburg Walks [de Germany]

kubisch_ol_4.jpgThe Oldenburg Walks – Electromagnetic Live Mix :: Concert with Christina Kubisch and Tarkatak :: On Friday, 13 April, 8 pm, Kristina Kubisch (Berlin) and Lutz Pruditsch, aka Tarkatak (Bremen), perform at the Edith Russ Site for Media Art in Oldenburg, Germany. For their concert they use sound collected by visitors to the exhibition SOUND//BYTES_electrical and digital sound scapes.

With specially designed headphones visitors to the exhibition are able to walk around Oldenburg acoustically discovering the city’s electromagnetic fields and record them. From these and their own recordings the two artists create a live mix of the electromagnetic sound scape of Oldenburg, generated by neon advertising, security devices, cell phones, automated teller machines, or other electric equipment. Continue reading


Apr 11, 2007
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Invisible Geographies

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Ears to the Ground

Invisible Geographies, an exhibition organized by critic Christophe Cox, presents four works that illuminate different facets of contemporary German sound art–a scene that has been tremendously influential since the 1970s. Aside from the national focus, what is unique about Invisible Geographies, amidst a wider burgeoning of sound art practice, are the diverse, large-scale installations of which it’s comprised. Encompassing sculpture, video, light, and found objects, the four works by Jens Brand, Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag, Stefan Rummel, and Christina Kubisch push far-flung edges of sound art’s formal boundaries. They are linked by their common interest in physical or social dimensions of sound, and in their deft re-mapping of urban space. Kubisch presents three related projects under the heading ‘New York Electrical Walk’ that variously highlight, visualize and transform electro-magnetic sound waves the artist recorded in Times Square. A rough-hewn installation by Rummel made with found building materials and retired electronic equipment re-constitutes the space of the gallery according to its resident aural elements, putting echoes from hidden storage spaces in conversation with the humming of light fixtures. Gallery-goers can expect their senses will be re-tuned after a trip to Invisible Geographies, which will be reverberating at The Kitchen, in New York, through October 14th. – Lauren Cornell, Rhizome News.


Sep 15, 2006
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Electroprobes

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Shit! I forgot the iPod!

Electroprobes: Electric babblings. Magnetic hums. Inaudible whistles. Quite a while ago, objects started to speak. With time, they grew smarter. They now have a rich vocabulary. They think and dream… Shit! I forgot the iPod!, by Troika, is a electromagnetic environment specially created for the electroprobes. The installation presents a chaotic assemblage of electric/electronic objects, commonly found in the houses of the 21 st century: electric appliances, mobile phones chargers, DVD players and transformers.

The inherent order behind this chaotic assemblage is revealed by the electroprobes. The various objects are arranged by their electromagnetic tunes in order to create a magnetic “orchestra” that the user is able to hear with the probes. We wanted to reveal their dreams and inaudible dialogues, while creating an alternative taxonomy of the objects in an apparently chaotic sound organ.
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Mar 1, 2006
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Work by Usman Haque

Usman Haque designs interactive architecture systems and researches how people relate to each other and their spaces. “The domain of architecture has been transformed by developments in interaction research, wearable computing, mobile connectivity, people-centered design, contextual awareness, RFID systems and ubiquitous computing. These technologies alter our understanding of space and change the way we relate to each other. We no longer think of architecture as static and immutable; instead we see it as dynamic, responsive and conversant. Our projects explore some of this territory.” Performative works include:

spread2.gifSky Ear, 2004: This non-rigid “cloud”, made up of several hundred glowing helium balloons will be embedded with mobile phones. As visitors to the event call into the cloud to listen to the distant electromagnetic sounds of the sky (including whistlers and spherics), their mobile phone calls will change the local hertzian topography; these disturbances in the electromagnetic fields inside the cloud will alter the glow intensity of that part of the balloon cloud. Quicktime video: 19 MB
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Sep 5, 2004
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