The great American naturalist Aldo Leopold once wrote that he was glad he would not be young in a future without wilderness. Indeed, he may not have been thrilled to know the sonic environment he enjoyed each day is gone; the sound of highways now mingles with birdsong, which itself has changed with the redistribution of species. But he took such detailed and copious field notes that we can recreate that environment, hearing the sounds of nature as Leopold himself would have.
This “resurrected soundscape” is the first sonic setting to be recreated from real data, rather than from informed imagination, according to researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“Immersion Into Noise” is intended as a conceptual handbook useful for the development of a personal-political-visionary art of noise. On a planet that is increasingly technologically linked and globally mediated, how might noises break and reconnect in distinctive and productive ways within practices located in the world of art and thought? That is the question Joseph Nechvatal explores in “Immersion Into Noise.”
The FM3 Buddha Machine was inspired by the cheap electronic Buddhist chant boxes sold in China and India that play infinite prayer loops. The video above is an ambient “jam session” between three of those chant boxes and a Raagini Electronic Digital Tanpura laying down the drone. The result is a kind of “generative art,” unique work created by computers from fixed parameters defined by a human artist.