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DENSITY Bus Tour

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Sound in Motion

DENCITY is a live performance of electro-acoustic music on a nightly bus tour through New York’s hidden landscapes. It is the contemporary urban equivalent of an explorer’s notebook- a kind of Huck Finn on land. The producers of the DENCITY project are interested in exploring the relations between our point of departure, Williamsburg and some of the surrounding neighborhoods that have remained on the periphery of most experiences of NYC.

Rather than guide you through these spaces as a standard tour would, your “tour guides” will navigate you through these spaces with sound that is generated on the bus and sounds that have been collected “on site”. Your audio “tour guides” will be Heimo Lattner and Erin McGonigle. Two artists who have significant experience performing in a variety of contexts/spaces. They, along with Rene Gabri, have also composed s route that they hope will stimulate new or interesting questions about these peripheral spaces. Read an interview.
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Sep 28, 2004
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swimming together, tunA

tunApic2.giftunA is a handheld ad-hoc radio device for local music sharing created by Arianna Bassoli, Julian Moore, Stefan Agamanolis at the Media Lab Europe.

tunA is a mobile wireless application that allows users to share their music locally through handheld devices. Users can “tune in” to other nearby tunA music players and listen to what someone else is listening to. Developed on iPaqs and connected via 802.11b in ad-hoc mode, the application displays a list of people using tunA that are in range, gives access to their profile and playlist information, and enables synchronized peer-to-peer audio streaming. The idea is to use music to connect people at a local level and engender the sense of a shared experience.


Sep 27, 2004
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street stories

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[murmur]

[murmur] is an archival audio project that collects and curates stories set in specific Toronto locations. At each of these locations, a [murmur] sign marks the availability of a story with a telephone number and location code. By using a mobile phone, users are able to listen to the story of that place while engaging in the experience of being there.

Toronto is a city of stories. But the rapid progress and growth that replaces its structures erases its stories as well. [murmur], conceived by Shawn Micallef, James Roussel and Gabe Sawhney, aims to keep these stories alive and on the streets. Their plan is to expand throughout Toronto, step by step, until a [murmur] sign is located everywhere a story the rest of us should hear exists.

For more, read the 8/19/04 Eye article Flaneur by Phone


Sep 25, 2004
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unsorted, SonicActsX

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Live Cinema

This year Sonic Acts presents a special Live Cinema programme, in association with www.live-cinema.org.

“Live Cinema is a form of performance art in which a human performer manipulates sound and image in synergy through movement, for an audience. In the rapidly advancing field of Live Cinema there are a number of distinct movements, e.g. abstract synthetic cinema, graphic cinema and camera-based cinema. We will present a number of renowned performers from these areas in the small hall in Paradiso in a three-evening packed programme. The performances will be interspersed with interviews with the artists, and with a film and video programme specially compiled for Live Cinema organised in association with Martijn van Boven. A Sonic Acts Live Cinema special will be broadcast on television during VPROís Nachtpodium on Wednesday 22 September.”
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Sep 24, 2004
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Performing in Space

You can listen to the planet Jupitor and its interaction with its moons; hear radiation from the sun, the sound of activity from far-off pulsars or other astronomical phenomena.

radio astronomy is an art and science project which broadcasts sounds intercepted from space live on the internet and on the airwaves. The project is a collaboration between r a d i o q u a l i a, and radio telescopes located throughout the world. Together they create ‘radio astronomy’ in the literal sense – a radio station devoted to broadcasting audio from our cosmos.

Radio Astronomy has three parts: – a sound installation – a live on-air radio transmission – a live online radio broadcast – The content of the live transmission depends on the objects being observed at the time by partner telescopes . But whatever they may be, listening in guarantees you’ll no longer think of space as silent but rather as a rich acoustic environment prompting comparisons with avant-garde music and electronic sound art.

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Sep 22, 2004
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Tactical Sound Garden [ TSG ] Toolkit

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Shaping Space Through Sound

The TSG Toolkit is an open source platform for cultivating public “sound gardens” within urban environments. The TSG offers the urban dweller a participatory role in shaping the soundscape of contemporary public space: it enables anyone with a WiFi enabled mobile device (handheld, laptop, etc) to “plant” sounds within a networked, 3D audio environment. These “plantings” are mapped onto the coordinates of a physical location, overlaying a collaboratively constructed soundscape onto a specific urban space. Wearing headphones connected to a WiFi enabled device, participants drift though virtual sound gardens planted by others as they move through the city.


Sep 20, 2004
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Automated Prayer Machine

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Immersive Radio

The Automated Prayer Machine repositions radio as an antidote to despair. We create an expansive radiophonic sound environment by manipulating signals rebroadcast through a low-watt FM transmitter to multiple receivers in the audience. Digital video projection, live accordion, violin and voice complete the circuit, activating the metaphorical prayer machine.

“Bridging locative media and radio, as well as offering a critical and feminist voice, is the work of Anna Friz…and Annabelle Chvostek…Automated Prayer Machine…seeks to “proactively change the function of radio” by integrating radio speakers into (what was) the audience, thereby “activating acoustic listening space that also has a radio quality… making one aware of being out in the audience, in an immersive radio experience.”
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Sep 18, 2004
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WACO Reenactment

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Audio Warfare

Artist Rod Dickinson will reconstruct the FBI’s covert psychological warfare assault on the infamous Branch Davidian religious community in Waco, Texas, at a secret, remote location close to London, on Thursday 16 September.

In 1993, the FBI laid siege to the religious community led by David Koresh for 51 days, intimidating them with a continuous barrage of white noise, rock music and an array of repetitive sounds played at 110 decibels. Using first-hand testimonies from interviews with survivors and academic researchers, Dickinson will recreate some of these original sounds, which included babies crying, circling helicopters, high pitched rabbit screams and dentist drills. The reconstructed audio will be broadcast at 100 decibels at a remote location surrounded by wire fencing and bright floodlights.

The reconstructed audio from the psychological warfare siege will also be streamed over the internet in real time for 24 hours a day for over a month at: www.wacoreenactment.org
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Sep 15, 2004
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Weather Report

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Drifting Voicemail, Found Sounds Stories

“A simple but clever installation in Tallinn, “Weather Report” by Janek Schaeffer, consisted of helium balloons and an MP3 player/cell phone. Recordings gathered by starting a cell phone call and then sending the phone up into the atmosphere attached to a weather balloon while recording the call on voicemail are remixed with other weather noises, to be played back on the cell phone in the installation.” from ISEA 2004: Art Report by scott @ 10:10 pm, 09.05.04.
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Sep 7, 2004
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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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Robin Meier, Ali Momeni and the sound of insects

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