Sometimes the online world reveals unsuspected parallel dimensions. This is an unknown restyle of Neural independently (and secretly as we never knew about it) made by NY-based Motion and Graphic Designer, Clarke Blackham. Very nicely made, perhaps only a bit glossier for the magazine’s line, it testifies once more how even your most familiar outcomes can have another life somewhere else.
What is there in common between our current obsession with data (as pertaining to the debates surrounding privacy and social media) and the fetishism for vinyl expressed in record collecting? The idea that an immaterial process can be stockpiled carries captivating if not deceitful promises. Bringing a light reflection on the topic, Brian House presents us with a surprisingly well-orchestrated combination of data sonification and algorithmic composition cut onto a slickly designed vinyl record. In Quotidian Record he puts a psychogeographic spin on the timeless idea of listening to the evolutions of the calendar year as music. A few decades ago Italian computer music pioneer Enore Zaffiri confronted this notion with his one year long composition Musica Per Un Anno. Brian House considers the passing of time from a more subjective perspective, using his own locational data recorded over the course of one year with his phone as seeds for his composition. Sonifying the tracked GPS data through a series of processes modeled over traditional musical parameters, he turned his daily routines into melodic and harmonic patterns. The algorithm he coded maps locations so that the most frequently visited places are attributed with consonant chords, with dissonant variations being provided by alterations to his routine. This sonification process manages to effectively transpose the raw data into the domain of musical language in a transparent way that preserves the original nature of the data and its intelligibility as such. This transparency is also reflected visually on the vinyl, on which each day is recorded as one rotation, bringing the total of 365 days to a duration of 11 minutes. Matteo Marangoni
Quotidian Record – Listening To The Calendar Year
Quotidian Record (ExcerptX)