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The Sound of Three Stars

_45137506_star_science_226.jpg According to Pallab Ghosh, Science correspondent, BBC News, scientists have recorded the sound of three stars similar to our Sun using France’s Corot space telescope. The sounds have enabled them to get information about processes deep within stars for the first time.

The subtly pulsating, haunting sounds are very similar to artist Aphex Twin’s minimalistic nineties album ‘Selected Ambient Works, Vol. 2,’ only stripping away what little melody it had and leaving just the beat.

You can listen to the sounds here. Continue reading

Oct 31, 2008
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Crisis In The Credit System

crisis.jpgPetit Mal’s Crisis In The Credit System is the first (and only) great pop song about the financial crisis. Combining an elegiac-compulsive piano riff, twanging synths and waves of spooked electronics with sparse, melancholy vocals this is a unique and addictive electro anthem for the end of capitalism as we know it. Emusic, iTunes, Myspace.

Petit Mal, AKA Ben Seymour and Melanie Gilligan, fuse ’80s synth pop and ’00s electronica to create emotional, intelligent and irresistible new music. Poetic, oblique and compelling, Crisis in the Credit System collides a Pet Shop Boys-style pop drama with autistic vocal repetition a la Lora Logic and ends up somewhere completely unique and contemporary. Continue reading

Oct 17, 2008
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free103point9 to Regrant NYSCA Funds

free103logo1.giffree103point9 is pleased to announce the 2009 Distribution Grant for New York State Artists providing support for the distribution of new works in film, video, sound, new-media, and media-installation. This grant is for completed works only.

Funding is available from free103point9 through a regrant from New York State Council on the Arts’ Electronic Media and Film Program. Grant awards will assist artists in making works available to public audiences and may include, but are not limited to: duplication of previews, screening, and exhibition copies of moving image and sound works; promotional materials including documentation and schematics of media-installation and new-media works. Continue reading

Sep 26, 2008
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Converting Protein + Gene Expression into Music

music_x220.jpgGil Alterovitz, a research fellow at Harvard Medical School is developing a computer program that translates protein and gene expression into music. In his acoustic translation, harmony represents good health, and discord indicates disease.

At any given time in each of our cells, thousands of genes are churning out their molecular products while thousands more lie senescent. The profile of which genes are on versus off is constantly changing–with specific diseases such as cancer, for example.

Searching for a more simplified way to represent the complex library of information inherent in gene expression, Alterovitz decided to represent those changes with music. He hopes that doctors will one day be able to use his music to detect health-related changes in gene expression early via a musical slip into discord, potentially improving a patient’s outcome. From Technology Review Continue reading

Jul 23, 2008
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Apr 2, 2008
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Oldest recorded voices sing again

leon_scott_de_martinville.jpg[Image: Phonautograph] “An “ethereal” 10 second clip of a woman singing a French folk song has been played for the first time in 150 years. The recording of “Au Clair de la Lune”, recorded in 1860, is thought to be the oldest known recorded human voice. A phonograph of Thomas Edison singing a children’s song in 1877 was previously thought to be the oldest record.

The new “phonautograph”, created by etching soot-covered paper, has now been played by US scientists using a “virtual stylus” to read the lines. “When I first heard the recording as you hear it … it was magical, so ethereal,” audio historian David Giovannoni, who found the recording, told AP.” Continue reading Oldest recorded voices sing again, BBC News. You can also listen to the recording.

Mar 28, 2008
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Synapse and Sonic Landscapes

synapse.jpgSynapse: Collaboration between the arts and sciences has the potential to create new knowledge, ideas and processes beneficial to both fields. Artists and scientists approach creativity, exploration and research in different ways and from different perspectives; when working together they open up new ways of seeing, experiencing and interpreting the world around us. For the past decade, the Australian Network for Art & Technology (ANAT) has provided opportunities for artists and scientists to work together. Through Synapse, and in partnership with the Australia Council for the Arts, ANAT offers residencies, the Synapse Database and now ANAT is pleased to announce its latest initiative: a moderated elist discussion on contemporary art and science collaborations in fields including bioart, artificial intelligence, robotics, climate change and space, amongst others. You can subscribe here. Continue reading

Feb 28, 2008
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Peter Traub’s Itspace on NPR

itspace_3001.jpgObjects Sing at ItSpace – Shower heads, down pillows and folding tables make music at ItSpace, an interactive sound project created by composer Peter Traub. Short pieces of music are composed from recordings of these everyday household objects being struck, again and again. Producer Jesse Dukes brings the story for You can listen to the NPR storyhere.

Feb 25, 2008
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On the tip jar business model

0108-radiohead_x220.jpgFrom Technology Review, January 7, 2008 – In October 2007, the English rock band Radiohead enhanced its already enviable avant-garde credibility by releasing its seventh album, In Rainbows, online. Fans willing to offer up their names and e-mail addresses–or at least, fake names and fake e-mail address–could pay what they chose for the album, even downloading it for free. The band, and the “tip jar” business model it had adopted, were the talk of the music press and the blogosphere for weeks.

While no one is quite certain how many albums were actually sold or how much money was actually made – the business model may tell us something about the future of the music business. For more, read Larry Hardesty’s article in TR.

Jan 7, 2008
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smartpen_x220.jpg“A new smartpen could change the way people practice mobile computing by bringing processing power to traditional pen and paper. Made by Livescribe, of Oakland, CA, the smartpen is designed to digitize the words and drawings that a user puts down on paper and bring them to life.

So long as the user writes on paper printed with a special pattern, the smartpen transforms what is written into interactive text. For example, the pen has a recording function, called paper replay, that can record sound and connect it to what the user writes while the sounds are being recorded. Later, the user can tap the pen over what she wrote and replay the associated sounds. “We’re starting to make the whole world of printable surfaces accessible and functional,” says Livescribe CEO Jim Marggraff.” Continue reading Computing on Paper – Livescribe’s smartpen turns a sheet of paper into a computer by Erica Naone, Technology Review.

Dec 13, 2007
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