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27.10.2017 | Sonifications - Audible Data Streams. A festival by the Berlin Society of New Music

source: Jutta Ravenna

The three day festival Sonifications – Audible Data Streams presented by the Berlin Society of New Music, explores these questions between Friday 27th and Sunday 29th of October 2017 in the Villa Elisabeth, Berlin, presenting a selection of current sonification strategies: compositions, sound installations and performances of outstanding artistic merit.

What does a pulsar sound like? What noises are made at night by a dreaming human brain? What might we hear when New York guitarist Hans Tammen sonifies his own DNA data live on stage during his "Endangered Guitar"? Weather scenarios are sonified in a performance, a Swiss Alpine panorama is transformed into a concert soundscape. Sonification is a subject at the interface between science and art.

Sonification derives from the Latin “sonus” (sound) and “‐fication” from the Latin “facere” (make), so “to make into sound”. Technically speaking, sonification refers to the process of making data audible. Its historical roots date back to the pre‐Socratic time. Pythagoras, who used acoustic experiments on a monochord to demonstrate mathematical relationships, follows the tradition of doing research by ear. Web‐traffic, ocean currents, seismic activity, resonant behaviour of atoms or microbial data are made into an aesthetical experience in a fascinating manner. 

The music festival presents works of famous composers such as Alvin Lucier and Terry Fox. Special attention is given to live experience – the direct, sensory experience of sonification. The festival offers an impressive cross‐over of concerts, performances, discourse and a sound bar, that includes five sound installations. From Friday 27th to Sunday 29th of October 2017 the Berlin Society of New Music (BGNM) presents the festival “Sonifications – Audible Data Streams”, with a comprehensive selection of works around the subject, in the Villa Elisabeth and gallery zqm. A special highlight awaits audiences with two concerts of debut performances of commissioned works for string quartet, performance and objects from the club scene at the intersection between e‐ and u‐music.

Berliner Gesellschaftfür Neue Musik

Sonifikationen –klingende Datenströme
Sonifications –Audible Data Streams

Time: Friday, 27. October to Sunday, 29. October 2017

Location: Villa ElisabethInvalidenstraße 4a, 10115 Berlin

Tickets: 12 EUR, erm. 10 EUR at the evening box office

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source: Jutta Ravenna
source: Jutta Ravenna