Michel Serres

Michel Serres on Noise

I begin to fathom the sound and the fury, of the world and of history: the noise.

Noise in French means “strife” (cf. chercher noise, “kick up a fuss,” “look for a fight”); bruit is “noise” — in two senses: auditory noise (static) and noise in information theory (turbulence) [see Serres, Genesis 141]. For Serres, noise serves as the “third man” (the parasite: the unwelcome guest) in all communication. (In French, bruit parasite is static or interference.)

See Serres, Hermes 66-67:

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Double Vision, Call Out 2017

Double Vision is a series of free-form gigs showcasing the practice of DIY, experimental, sound artists and “other” musicians. The program seeks to a create platform that encourages collaboration between artists and musicians – and their communities, providing the opportunity to re-frame and recalibrate creative vision through a cross disciplinary approach.

Double Vision invites proposals from students of the University of Sydney (past/present/future) and the wider community for the 2017 series.

Performance dates will be confirmed with the artists after the call-out deadline – the gigs take place on a Saturday afternoon from 1:00 – 4:00 PM.

Please note: Successful applicants from past series will not be reconsidered and need not re-apply. New projects are welcome.

DOUBLE VISION // Call-out 2017

Sound Walks – 100 WAYS TO LISTEN


Launching on World Water Day for World Science Festival Brisbane 2017, 
the South Bank Augmented Reality Sound Walks use GPS points along the Brisbane River to trigger audio based on location and movement. These experiences explore the artistic and scientific possibilities of listening to the environment and the potential for new approaches in the conservation of global waterways.Download the free app Echoes.xyz (iOS and Android) to your mobile device and select an experience to explore over 100 aquatic soundscapes as you walk throughout South Bank anytime of the day. Your phone will act as a sonic compass and the soundscapes will play automatically when you walk into active locations. World Science Festival Brisbane features the following three sound walks:

Source: Sound Walks – 100 WAYS TO LISTEN

The Renegade Press

A Sufi holy man was asked, “What is forgiveness?” He said, “It is the fragrance that flowers give when they are crushed.”

  • One Sufi’s Saying

I have always viewed the individuals that make up our society as a collection of candles. Inside the mind of every man, woman, and child are thin strands of consciousness bound together like interwoven cotton, forming a wick. These wicks are the idiosyncratic and cultural beliefs that guide us; they are the past experiences, thoughts, and feelings that govern our realities and establish how we see the world. Although our individual philosophies, and how we choose to interpret them may vary, they are central to who we are as human beings. Continue reading The Renegade Press

A complete rendition of the “I Am Sitting In A Video Room” project

This video is a complete rendition of the “I Am Sitting In A Video Room” project, showing highlights of the complete 1000 iterations of the video. If you’re confused, read below and click the link for for info.


An homage to the great Alvin Lucier, this piece explores the ‘photocopy effect’, where upon repeated copies the object begin to accumulate the idiosyncrasies of the medium doing the copying.

Full words: I am sitting in a room different from the one you are in now. I am recording the sound of my speaking voice as well as the image of myself, and I am going to upload it to YouTube, rip it from YouTube, and upload it again and again, until the original characteristics of both my voice and my image are destroyed. What you will see and hear, then, are the artifacts inherent in the video codec of both YouTube and the mp4 format I convert it to on my computer. I regard this activity not so much as a demonstration of a digital fact, but more as a way to eliminate all human qualities my speech and image might have.

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And other pieces of curious music/video art:


Music on a Long Thin Wire by Alvin Lucier (1977) – SOCKS

Music On A Long Thin Wire” is a sound and installation piece conceived in 1977 and repeatedly staged thereafter. A single piano wire (originally three- to four-foot-long, then lenghtened over the course of other performances) is stretched between bridges at either end. Both ends of the wire are connected to an amplifier, driving the wire with a sine wave oscillator. A horseshoe magnet is placed around the wire. When the wire is electrified, its current interacts with the magnetic field and the vibrations are picked up by microphones connected to the bridges. The resulting sound is controlled by a performer who control the sine wave oscillator inducing sonic phenomena as “nodal shifts, echo trains, noisy overdrivings”.

Source: Music on a Long Thin Wire by Alvin Lucier (1977) – SOCKS

All about sound and noise in contemporary belief