<DataXSound>, Creating my Own Sound That Does Not Exist Nowhere Else with Data

2020.12.7

<DataXSound> club is designed to provide an opportunity for the public to create my own sound using data based on the idea that the meaning of data becomes different depending on how to understand and express data.

11 club participants conducted various programming based on workshop on data and sound for 5 weeks and created their own work. In addition, they exchanged their thoughts actively with other members. It was a special time for them as they could produce their own sound and feel and experience convergence art using data and sound.

4 ZER01NE creators who have data and sound in common as the keyword and who are expanding their work participated as the leaders of this club. The leaders are ‘electronic musician Park Seong-min;, who realizes sound art based on live coding and shows the sound art in the form of performance or exhibition, ‘electronic musician Park Seung-soon’ who studies how humans can interact with universe or nature through music and science, ‘multi-disciplinary artist Unhappy Circuit (Won Jong-guk)’ who considers a new human being in the future through the convergence of art, science and technology and ‘sound artist Lee Gang-il’ who explores the possibility of live audit streaming as an art medium.

The 5-week program of <DataXSound> club was composed of orientation for the first week when introduction of leaders, members and the club was made and 4-week gatherings led bye ach leader.

In the <Data Sonification, Experience with Sonic PI> led by creator Park Seong-min, who started the program looked at the different meaning of each data depending on how we interpret and express the databased on what kind of thinking and thoughts as we live in abundance of data.
In this program, training on music production and sound programming using Sonic PI, which is open source programming made for the purpose of music creation training using computing in live coding environment based on Ruby, a programming language, was conducted so that members could explore the methodologies and structural approaches on who to express something in sound.
In addition, they looked at the method on how to read data they need through ‘public data portal’, which is a system that provides public data from government in an integrated manner and each member interpreted and analyzed the data read. After that they expressed the data in the sound form through Sonic PI.

In the <Toward the Pale Blue Point> led by creator Unhappy Circuit, they looked at the exploration of extraterrestrial intelligent life and Interstellar messages, analyzed the data of unmanned probe for the solar system Voyager. It means that they studied the characteristics of radio wave data from the universe and explored the process of audio-visualizing it together.
Members were able to experience the process of turning the data into the work of art for science research by learning basics of MAX/MSP and Python programming and practicing universe radio wave data analysis. Many members were fascinated by program that allows them to think deeper and explore art using data and convergence of science and art.

In the <Digital Echo and Delayed Time Sense> led by creator Lee Gang-il, members learned the characteristics of live audio streaming as a medium and collectives that conduct project based on streaming like Locus Sonus and Soundcamp.
On this day, performer Wee Seong-hee and weather report writer Kim Ji-yeon joined the program in addition to creator Lee Gang-il to watch audio-visual performance using digital echo, experienced ‘delayed time sense’ which is generated by live streaming based on physical distance and data transmission while walking in the space listening to streamer.

The last one is <Soundscape of the Future City> led by creator Park Seung-soon. It conducted a new program that combines reading club with technical workshop format.
They had time to implement the process of converting each person’s landscape data into another audio data through AI system using ‘NEUROSCAPE’, which is the AI soundscape generation system jointly developed by a leader with Lee Jong-pil, an algorithm developer in 2017.
After that they read ‘Sense of Wonder’ by Rachel Carson and members shared their own AI soundscape output and talked about the appearance of soundscape of future city. In addition they could discuss the organic interaction between human beings, machine and the nature and obtained insight on how to turn one’s thought into work.

<Data Sound> club has been completed with various programming experience and theory and close communication among members related to data and sound. As the feelings about the club resonate for a long time, leaders and members will have time to meet and have showcase time to share their outputs voluntarily after the closing of the club in July.

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