Adam sent me some beautiful field recordings from his travels. I paired them with videos that totally don’t belong with them.
It’s the ASMR Haircube!! All the hair sounds you could ever want. Concept by Olivia Barr, with me and Colleen AF Venable and guest performers.
Cam sent me this beautiful indigo score made with the shibori technique! I played it with the Phonopaper app, but I hope to find other ways to interpret it in the future.
I put a microphone on Peter’s collar while he played with Daisy, and let Ableton Live’s algorithms turn the ambient sounds into musical sounds.
Daisy is represented by Diane Arndt.
My bot pentametron and I made a book! Encomials: Sonnets from Pentametron is out now from Counterpath Press, as part of the Using Electricity series edited by Nick Montfort. It’s a collection of sonnets made up entirely of texts collected automatically from Twitter over the last five years or so.
Along with Nick and two other authors from the series, we’ll be doing a mini-northeast book tour next week. Pick up a copy at one of the readings, or you can order it from the distributor (and probably Amazon soon).
Here’s my dog Peter sitting on a test swatch of the tapestry.
The Tapestry of the Search for Terrestrial Intelligence is my piece for the show Life at the Edges, on view through September 30 at Science Gallery Dublin.
In 1977, the two Voyager space probes were launched, each carrying a golden record with music, sounds, and voices from Earth — just in case. The records also feature over a hundred digital images encoded as sounds. If an alien civilization picked up one of the Voyager probes a million years from now, what would they make of the information on the record? They probably wouldn’t think they way we do. They might try to taste the disk, or try to find meaning in the way it feels when they rub their fingers on the grooves. Or they might try to decode the ancient, degraded images onto a forty-meter-long tapestry.