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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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Live Stage: Radius Episode 56 – Martin Howse

a4d2c340-7181-4a88-b9d6-660d95c5bbaf.jpgRadius Episode 56: Martin Howse’s Carrier/Container/Detektor in coordination with current space weather forecast conditions on October 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, and 26 at 10:00 pm CST. Broadcast locally (Chicago, IL) on 88.9-FM with a secondary stream online.

Martin Howse is occupied with an artistic investigation of the links between the earth (geophysical phenomena), software, and the human psyche (psychogeophysics), proposing a return to animism within a critical misuse of scientific technology. Continue reading


Oct 16, 2014
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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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Live Stage: “L-Carrier” by Eli Keszler [us NYC]

Turbulence.org, Eyebeam Art & Technology Center, and ISSUE Project Room present: L-Carrier — A Networked Installation and Performance by Eli Keszler :: Performance: June 7, 2012; 7:00 – 8:00 pm :: Installation: June 7-23, 2012 :: Eyebeam, 540 West 21st Street, New York + Turbulence.org [Needs Safari, Firefox or Chrome; and Speakers/Headphones].

From June 7-23, composer-percussionist Eli Keszler transforms Eyebeam’s Project Space with L-Carrier, a large-scale, mechanical stringed instrument that will immerse audiences in rich harmonies and sparse, multi-directional rhythms. Fluid, dynamic acoustic sounds will push and pull against the installation’s sonic control. The website displays the piece’s evolving visual data score, and streams real-time audio from the physical environment. Continue reading


Jun 4, 2012
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Live Stage: Sound Art. Sound as a Medium of Art [de Karlsruhe]

soundart_zkm.jpgSound Art. Sound as a Medium of Art with works by John Cage, La Monte Young, Rolf Julius, Timo Kahlen, Steve Roden, Carsten Nicolai, Ryoji Ikeda, Iannis Xenakis and more :: March 17, 2012 – January 6, 2013 :: Opening: March 16, 2012; 7:00 pm :: ZKM_Foyer, Lorenzstraße 19, D-76135 Karlsruhe, Germany. Continue reading


Mar 4, 2012
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Live Stage: Sonifying Wireless Data [us New York, NY]

mario1.jpgHarvestworks is offering a very unique and special class February 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm and February 26, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. :: Sonifying Wireless Data: Snuff Workshop with media artists Mario DeVega and Victor Mazon :: The workshop is 8 hours :: Maximum of 15 students.

Mario DeVega and Victor Mazon have been developing a special device that amplifies wireless internet traffic, bluetooth data transfer, mobile phones, microwaves and other devices with electromagnetic activity in the 2.4 GHz range. During two sessions on Saturday/Sunday (Feb 25/26) their Sonifying Wireless Data: Snuff Workshop will allow students to construct and experiment with a portable device able to amplify and de-modulate frequency ranges between 0.1 to 2.4 GHz. They will also discuss in detail the philosophy behind it.


Feb 19, 2012
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Call: ICAD Sonification Competition [us Atlanta, GA]

icad.jpgCall for Submissions: ICAD 2012 Sonification Competition :: Theme: Listening to the World Listening :: Composers, sound artists, and sonification researchers are invited to create sonifications for the ICAD 2012 sonification competition ::

About ICAD : The 18th International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD2012) will be held June 18-22, 2012, at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the heart of midtown Atlanta, Georgia. The event will mark the 20th anniversary of the 1st International Conference on Auditory Display. Since 1992, ICAD has been the premier international venue for the dissemination and discussion of work related to the science, art, and practice of sound as a communicative display. Through its active Sonification Lab and Center for Music Technology, Georgia Tech is pleased to host ICAD’s vibrant community of researchers and practitioners on its campus. Continue reading


Nov 30, 2011
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Live Stage: Workshop – Data Sonification [NYC, NY]

week-in-review.jpgWorkshop: Data Sonification :: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 :: 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.. :: at Eyebeam, 540 West 21st Street, New York, NY 10011 :: Free :: Register here ::

Join artist Andrew Demirjian for a workshop where participants will design their own distinctive tones for sonifying the stock price fluctuations of the three largest music companies. Participants will audition and perform each other’s work working from Andrew’s audiovisual installation, The Week in Review, presented in Eyebeam’s Project Space (June 21-July 9). The control interface for Week in Review is a custom built LED clock interface and turntable, which enables a user to play through a week of stock price data. This is a workshop for Max/MSP and/or Ableton Live users.

This workshop is presented as related programming for Andrew Demirjian’s Eyebeam Project Space exhibition, The Week in Review.


Jun 20, 2011
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Live Stage: Investigating Satellites [es Gijón]

satelites.jpgFrom the 10th to the 14th of May 2011 the Plataforma Cero of LABoral welcomes an international meeting to critically and artistically investigate satellites, that fundamental, often occult, sign of our times :: Los Prados, 12133394 Gijón (Asturias), Spain :: Phone: +34 985 185 577

▪ Politics and Poetics of satélites. MSST, Joanna Griffin, Reni Hoffmuller ….
▪ de/Construction of a satélite. David Pello.
▪ Listening, Spotting y Sousveillance. Alejo Duque.

“Galileo collapsed Geocentricity but this has been reconstructed through the unstoppable and insatiable ambition for connectivity that is today represented by the ring of artifical geostationary satellites. The Earth thus re-becomes an immobile object in the middle of a spinning “universe”.” Mathurin Milan Continue reading


May 8, 2011
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Project Calliope — Capturing the Ionosphere – A Kickstarter Project

calli.jpgProject Calliope is a satellite to convert the ionosphere to sound so anyone can ‘hear’ the rhythm of the activity level of space. Not theory– the tech/science is built, paid for, and on a flight manifest to launch in 2011.

If you’re interested in the music/data Calliope will produce– all royalty-free MIDI tracks for musicians to remix, you can help make it possible. The whole purpose is to fly something in orbit that we can ‘hear’ on the ground.

You can support the project by buying mission patches and flight pins (http://tinyurl.com/calliopebase)


May 6, 2011
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