Media and technology

Kevin Beasley – A view of a landscape

Kevin Beasley – A view of a landscape

Kevin Beasley engages with the legacy of the American South through an installation that centers on a cotton gin motor from Maplesville, Alabama. In operation from 1940 to 1973, the motor powered the gins that separated cotton seeds from fiber. Here, the New York-based artist uses it to generate sound as if it were a musical instrument, creating space for visual and aural contemplation.

Onyx Ashanti

Onyx Ashanti

Onyx Ashanti is a Berlin-based artist who fuses electronic, free-jazz, and science fiction, creating live performances with instruments he invented.

The Beeping, Gargling History of Gaming’s Most Iconic Sounds

The Beeping, Gargling History of Gaming’s Most Iconic Sounds

THE BOUNCY BEEPS of Pac-Man. The percussive build-up in Legend of Zelda. The effusive gibberish of The Sims. The sounds in videogames tell us to speed up, start over, and of course, to keep playing. But how does one set of beeps so effectively tell you you’ve gained power, while another indicates your character has died? And how, exactly, does someone create the sound of the Dark Knight punching the Joker in the face? The answer: Genius sound design.

Audible Spaces: Exhibition explores physicality of sound

Audible Spaces: Exhibition explores physicality of sound

Audible Spaces presents three sound installations that encourage participants to explore the subtleties of listening. Tristan Perich, Zarouhie Abdalian, and [The User] have each created immersive environments using seemingly uniform sounds that dissolve into tonal, tactile, and temporal variations as participants engage with them.

John Oswald – Plunderphonic mashups

John Oswald – Plunderphonic mashups

John Oswald’s piece de resistance. Twenty minutes of some of the most insane editing, cross-fading, beat matching, cultural name dropping and sampling. No other work even comes close to the intensity of Plexure. John Oswald proves he is a virtuoso of Pro Tools, over a thousand different artists edited, spliced and mixed together.

John Cage – Williams Mix

John Cage – Williams Mix

Long before sampling, hip hop, needle drops and mashups John Cage had created his incredibly dense magnetic tape cut-up masterwork Williams Mix (1952).

Behaves So Strangely

Behaves So Strangely

For those of us who have trouble staying in tune when we sing, Deutsch has some exciting news. The problem might not be your ears, but your language. She tells us about tone languages, such as Mandarin and Vietnamese, which rely on pitch to convey the meaning of a word. Turns out speakers of tone languages are exponentially more inclined to have absolute (AKA ‘perfect’) pitch. And, nope, English isn’t one of them. 

Virtual haircut

Ok besides the incredibly campy delivery in this demonstration, it is a great example of the power of stereo imaging…
Tactile Transducers

Tactile Transducers

Also known as Surface Transducers and other things... https://www.sparkfun.com/products/10975 "Surface transducers give you the awesome power to turn almost any…
The Singing Comet

The Singing Comet

Rosetta’s Plasma Consortium (RPC) has uncovered a mysterious ‘song’ that Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is singing into space. RPC principal investigator Karl-Heinz…
Listen to Wikipedia

Listen to Wikipedia

Listen to the sound of Wikipedia's recent changes feed. Bells indicate additions and string plucks indicate subtractions. Pitch changes according…

Arup Sound Lab

About Arup Founded in 1946 with an initial focus on structural engineering, Arup first came to the world’s attention with…

Bird Sounds Visualized

Australian artist Andy Thomas specializes in creating ‘audio life forms’: beautiful abstract shapes that react to sounds. In this animated…
Acoustic Mirrors

Acoustic Mirrors

"A forerunner of radar, acoustic mirrors were built on the south and northeast coasts of England between about 1916 and…
Listening Devices

Listening Devices

Dawn Scarfe Listening Glasses Installation with glass sculptures This sculptural installation invites people to use acoustic glasses to discover musical…
Piezos and Soldering

Piezos and Soldering

A piezoelectric disc can be used to either generate sound by running electric current through it can, or when contacting…
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