I’ve considered making a kind of data to sound generator. Rather like Cornelia Solfrank’s Net Art generator, but like a sound art generator. This is a different approach, that I was led to by browsing Max Tundra’s brilliantly crazy website.
Daniel Cummerow has made various MIDI files (musical arrangements) that are generated by tapping into various areas of mathmatics. He’s producing the sound of maths. A fantastic idea. It also explains – to some extent – the multi-timbral soundscapes that Max Tundra produces.
Listen to an example of Daniel’s work, using Pascal’s Triangle. This is a MIDI file, most media players should be able to play it OK. Read about MIDI here.
I figured this was a cool example of how data meets art meets data.
Feedback is an immensely interesting subject with many philosophical facets and a massive array of applications.
I’d like to set up a feedback loop that is distributed among remote locations. For it to work I’ll need to have two computers, each equipped with a camera and an internet connection. The screen on computer 1, will show the live video feed (streamed through the net) from computer 2. The screen on computer 2, will show the live video from computer 1. The cameras attached to both computers would point at the screens.
Adding some kind of moving subject infront of either camera would possibly produce more interesting results.
It would be ideal to increase the number of computers in the chain. The more distributed (and global) the better. Degredation of quality, however, would probably ruin the image after a few iterations – though maybe it would actually create something really good.
After various discussions, one with my tutor Jane Brake and one with superfly superstar Sam Jeffers, I’ve begun trying to further formalise my understanding of the implications of data. Specifically the data that generated by my digital artworks. Most of my practise so far has been fairly ‘happy go lucky’ in a lot of ways. Mostly I’ve been interested in creating things purely for the sake of creating them – and I’m more than happy to stand by that point of view. Even if one’s creative output doesn’t broach a political subject, or doesn’t directly evoke an intense emotionally reponse in the audience, it does not intrinsically diminish its value. However, what I’ve finally realised, is that better understanding of some of the constructs that I’m working with – the Web, the network effect, data, and people – will allow me to produce “better” work. At the very least, it can’t hurt!
Artists are utilising the net as a medium for developing art projects, however these projects are often hard to find. The range of activity is extensive: artists use the net to experiment; to display and distribute their art projects; to collaborate; and sometimes to intervene critically in the increasingly commercialised and politicised space of the net.We intend to make these art projects more visible and accessible by seeking out key current projects and by encouraging artists to input information about their projects in low-fi’s open submission database.
however these projects are often hard to find.
Unfortunately I only just found it! Still, interesting thing, seems to have been dormant for a while though.