Category Archives: noise

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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Sound Walks – 100 WAYS TO LISTEN

LISTEN TO THE SOUNDSCAPES BENEATH THE SURFACE OF GLOBAL WATERWAYS

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

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.

https://soundcloud.com/ontologist/set…

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.

Please visit the VIDEO ROOM FAQ at:

http://www.ontologist.us/post/?blogID=96

And other pieces of curious music/video art:

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