IMCA


CYMATIC IMPRINTS

In this multi-sensory installation, a Pure Data program transforms live sound into silent speaker motion by transposing the pitch of ambient sound to sub-audible levels. The resulting movements generate visual and sonic variations through the oscillation of fine ball chains. As the ends of the extensions make contact with the floor they produce an audible and visual interpretation of the sonic field by displacing and redrawing remnants of activity through the gradual erosion of piles of white sand. In this way, the work renders the immateriality of sound as a tangible event by silencing and reinterpreting the data of everyday life.

 

MINUTIAE

Minutiae is a collection of fingerprint data mapped onto a paper scroll and played thorough a custom motorized music box.  The data of individuals who posted their fingerprints online are plotted using the same strategies as image processing techniques used by fingerprint analysis technology. This compilation of biometric minutiae explores the interrelation of data sonification and visualization to reveal the sound signatures of peoples digital identities.

Repurposed speaker box, plexiglass, music box mechanism, motorized pinch roller, contact microphone and custom amplifier, paper scroll.
Motorization completed with the assistance of Michael Grant.

 

SUBTLE TERRITORY

Near the limits of audible sound are vague acoustic territories on the fringe of human hearing. These sonic spaces are teeming with environmental and increasingly with urban sounds that lie just beyond human perception. The audio installation, Subtle Territory, audifies these very low frequency sounds using a custom Pure Data program to isolate live sound from microphone inputs and extend them across the audible range. 

In this emergent sonic terrain, environmental resonances are heard as modulating drones and pulses. These distant sounds that include the intermittent quake of storm systems, trains and industrial activity are accompanied by harmonics that emerge from the incidental activity of pedestrian and local traffic. Subtle Territory transforms these sonic resonances into an unfolding acoustic experience of everyday life.

DRONE

Near the limits of audible sound are vague acoustic territories on the fringe of human hearing. These sonic spaces are teeming with environmental and increasingly with urban sounds that lie just beyond human perception. The audio installation, Subtle Territory, audifies these very low frequency sounds using a custom Pure Data program to isolate live sound from microphone inputs and extend them across the audible range. 

In this emergent sonic terrain, environmental resonances are heard as modulating drones and pulses. These distant sounds that include the intermittent quake of storm systems, trains and industrial activity are accompanied by harmonics that emerge from the incidental activity of pedestrian and local traffic. Subtle Territory transforms these sonic resonances into an unfolding acoustic experience of everyday life.

 

INTELLIGENCE [prototype]

Intelligence is a recent piece that is in the working prototype stage. It is a strange output based on a radical imagining of human-computer interaction. This piece asks what form a portrait of a person might take from the perspective of an intelligence where perception, memory, recall and access to information is so radically different from human experience. This work began with a series of drawings that map the data of individual people as they would be stored in the memory of an Iris Recognition Analysis System (IRA). The final work is an interpretation of the data portraits as 3D printed as plastic disks that can be played on a Fisher Price Music Player. A short fiction with cumulative dataset drawings contextualizes this participatory piece.

 

TRAVELOG

Audio tracks are introduced and mixed live by the participants choice of location in the space. These sounds include a collections of sound marks, keynotes and everyday activities from community spaces across the globe. As listeners move through the installation space, sounds intermingle to generate nonlinear collages that establish an imaginary sense of place by shifting locational associations.

Reclaimed speakers, arduino, light sensors, custom program, custom electronic relay board, wav players, amplifier boards, suitcase, metal armature.