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Reblogged Stephen Vitiello Audio Environments

stephenvitiello_1.JPGStephen Vitiello Audio Environments: Played back on a 5.1 surround sound system, Steven Vitiello Night Chatter is multi-channel work composed of an analog synth track that rumbles under natural sounds recorded in the James River State Park and Cypress Bridge Forest, both in Virginia. The piece plays with the abstraction of night voices of animals as the artist states: “When I’m out in the field at night recording, there is a feeling of chatter, insect and animal voices that are communicating outside of my translation skills.” Continue reading


Sep 20, 2007
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The Ghost Station [ca Toronto]

ghoststation.jpgThe Ghost Station :: Kristen Roos :: September 29, 2007 :: Lower Bay TTC Station: Installation entrance at Cumberland St.

Lower Bay Station, Toronto’s ghost station, is used as a vessel to contain sounds that are within and below the threshold of human hearing – infrasound and tactile sound – where sound is felt rather than heard. Low frequencies created by cars and subways are contributors to the cacophony of infrasonic noise that exists deep below the rumbling of the city. These tactile sounds have also been associated with paranormal activity and ghost sightings. Kristen Roos’ audio art is informed by aspects of acoustic ecology, radio art and phonography.


Sep 20, 2007
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Net_Music_Weekly: Ken Gregory’s “Sun Suckers”

dragonfly.jpgSun Suckers are machines. They are classified in the order Real Artificial Life. Sun Suckers have stout flat bodies. Their skin is a large photovoltaic cell that is usually shiny, although in a few species they are dull and opaque.

Sun Suckers have one large compound eye (photoresistor) situated on the top of the body. This large eye can read how bright the sun is during the day and detect when night falls. Beside the eye is a thick whisker. This sensor (thermistor) measures the ambient temperature in close proximity of the Sun Sucker.

Sun Sucker’s sound and communicate with each other. They are notorious singers. Their song is a call produced by sensing the current light conditions and temperature. Each species has its own distinctive call and if you listen closely and get to know the calls you can find out what the weather conditions are. To learn more about Ken Gregory’s Sun Suckers–the only Real Artificial Life species to have developed such an effective and specialized means of producing sound–and where you can find one, click here.


Aug 22, 2007
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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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The Future of Geotagged Audio

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For my inaugural post to this blog, I’d like to write about something I’ve been thinking about lately, and hopefully begin a discussion on it. Namely, what to make of geotagged audio samples and recordings. In case you’re not familiar with the term, geotagging is the practice of assigning geographic coordinates to a piece of media like a recording or photo as a form of metadata. In one incarnation, such as on the Freesound project, geotagged samples are layered over Google maps, allowing one to zoom in on any spot on the planet and potentially find samples tagged to specific geographic locations. As numerous startups and one very large corporation (beginning with a ‘G’ and ending with ‘oogle’) have realized, the commercial potential of geotagging is huge. But we hear less about its scientific potential and, of importance here, its aesthetic potential. Continue reading


Jul 4, 2007
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Net_Music_Weekly: Ecology and David Dunn

ddunn.jpgThe principal American composer doing work in ecology is David Dunn, in Santa Fe. Dunn has a long history in the worlds of soundscapes, contemporary composition, and leading edge thinking. He first became known in the early 1970’s for his place-based compositions, written to be performed in specific outdoor (often wilderness) locations, and designed as frameworks for interaction between musicians and the environment. He then worked with the International Synergy Institute, where he was editor of the IS Journal for several years, forging connections between scientists and artists from a wide range of media. Continue reading


Jul 3, 2007
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Reblogged MachineAria

machine_aria.jpgWhy a plant equipped with electronic elements inserted on the stem become a poetic creature? Why and through which procedures objects in current use become meaningful channels vehiculating personal stories? MachineAria is an installation by Ruben Coen Cagli, that tries to solve the question, asking the visitor to have a contemplative experience of a hybrid ecosystem build up on modified electromechanical plants. Five plants are connected to five little motors, placed under the pots, and to the led arrays on the stems’ top. The motors turn on and off sequentially, enabling the the vegetables’ vibrations. They sway giving the impression of being caressed by a light breeze. So the air, a traditional and excellent element for inspiring poetry, takes shape thanks to the pure technological fiction. Actually everything can be potentially transformed in a stream of data, but only for humanizing it afterwards, in this case recreating the breath / caress sensation for the user. The idea of activating mechanical processes and then converting the generated data in sensorial experiences, rise from the will to explore all the possible alterations and extensions of technology in daily life. What happens then is skidding from the technological domain to the poetic one, where the latter is essential to the development strategies of innovation. [Francesca Tomassini, neural]


Jan 18, 2006
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CASE: Canadian Association for Sound Ecology

case.jpgLink to CASE Recently formed as the Canadian Affiliate Organization of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE), The Canadian Association for Sound Ecology/ Association canadienne pour L’écologie sonore is a coalition of Canadian individuals and institutions concerned with the state of the soundscape. As Acoustic Ecology is the study of the relationship between living organisms and their sonic environment (or soundscape), it is the CASE mission to draw attention to unhealthy imbalances in this relationship, to improve the acoustic quality of a place wherever possible, and to protect and maintain acoustically balanced soundscapes where they still exist.As a multidisciplinary organization CASE includes those who are committed to caring for the quality of the acoustic environment through their respective fields. If they are creators of sound, for example, they are sensitive to the relationship between their sound production and the acoustic environment

Originally by chiu longina from ../mediateletipos))) on December 31, 1969, 11:00pm


Dec 31, 1969
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