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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: 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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Live Stage: Electronic Music Concert 04 [de Berlin]

elec.jpgElectronic Music Concert 04 :: June 27, 2010; 2:00 - 8:00 pm :: Theaterkapelle, Boxhagener Strasse 99, 10245 Berlin Friedrichshain, Germany :: For our off-site audience: Realtime streaming service through USTREAM MIGHT happen. Please check here for the streaming address.

Lineup: Bernd Schurer (CH) Zurich :: Daisuke Ishida (JP) Berlin :: Lee Gamble (UK) London :: Martin Supper (DE) Berlin :: Yutaka Makino (JP) Berlin.

Bernd Schurer (CH): My artistic focus lies on the work with sound in a broad spectrum of different contexts: a constant shift, although, mostly investigating the experiential relationship between sound and what one would generally describe as space. Continue reading


Jun 12, 2010
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Music of the Nano-Spheres: On Sonification

nano.jpgFrom Nano-Wiki :: Music of the Nano-Spheres by Roger Malina, April 15, 2010:

There is a several thousand year history of associating music with cosmic phenomena, the famous “Music of the Spheres” created from the regularities in the astronomical universe. Even though of course there is generally no sound in outer space, because the conditions of pressure and density to allow acoustic waves are very rare.

The same urge motivates artists and scientists interested in sonifying

Sound Artist Peter Gena has a large collection of DNA Music and other sonifications of molecular structures: http://www.petergena.com/DNAmus.html
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Apr 22, 2010
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Live Stage: J.A. Deane and David Dunn [us Santa Fe]

david1.jpgimage: David Dunn J.A. Deane and David Dunn in “an evening of expansive sonorities” :: May 8, 2010; 8:00 pm :: SF_X (Santa Fe Complex), Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Utilizing new electroacoustic instruments of their own design, J.A. Deane and David Dunn present an evening of expansive sonorities that explore leading edge improvisation and scientific sonification. Combining their unique skills ‘as significant figures in multiple contemporary music traditions (jazz, free improvisation, classical new music, electroacoustic composition, sound art, biomusic, early music, world music, and microtonal performance), this duo presents music that draws upon new understandings of both ancient and modern insights into the fundamental nature of sound to effect human consciousness. Continue reading


Apr 7, 2010
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Live Stage: Sonification Symposium [fr Aix en Provence]

audio.jpgSonification (what, where, how, why), A Symposium :: March 4-5, 2010 :: École Supérieure d’Art d’Aix en Provence, Aix en Provence, France.

The purpose of this symposium is to conduct a state of the art review of the use sonification* within art projects, with a focus on the use of data taken from our surroundings (in a broad sense) as opposed to gestural interfaces or electronic instruments.

What distinguishes sonification from other forms of data mediation? What are the different ways in which sonification is used in art? What parallels, similarities, differences & contradictions exist between the use of sonification or audio display for technical & for artistic purposes? What differences in the artistic approach does the use of realtime as opposed to recorded data imply? What is the importance of the relationship between the source of data and the way in which it is mediated? Continue reading


Feb 21, 2010
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