The Agents Play Their Music

The Agents Play Their Music

Bringing the A.O.S.C. project to the next level – the agents play their music!

In the previous setup the agents functioned only as the ears of the system, listening to the acoustic environment and sending the data of the audio spectrum to the main server. Everything else, the analysis of the data streams, the resulting calculation of the parameters for the sound synthesis as well as playing back the music, all that happened on the server side.

Now we bring the music back to the agents!

The server only does the calculations and sends the stream of parameters back to the agents where the music is generated by a Pd patch.
That means, you can sit beside the agent, listen to your actual acoustic environment and – by using headphones – to the collective electronic soundscape composed by all the networked agents.
Now this system offers the possibility to directly observe the impact of the acoustic events at the agent’s place as well as direct acustic interaction with the system.

In the moment we have four agents running: Toronto, Lviv, Sydney and Bonaforth.

Currently we are working on the algorithm which is receiveing the data stream and calculates the control data for the music.

Here are some actual snippets.


A.O.S.C. - Nervensystem - Photo: blackhole-factory
A.O.S.C. - Nervensystem - Photo: blackhole-factory

A.O.S.C. – Nervensystem

Nervensystem

A.O.S.C. – agents of synchronicity: Nervensystem

A.O.S.C. is a group of autonomous networked machines (agents) transforming the environmental soundscapes at 5 international places into a realtime composition of abstract electronic music.

blackhole-factory has sent out 5 microphone agents to distant places where they permanently register the current soundscape and stream their analysis of the sound spectrum into the installation space.
A central computer interprets this information with regard to frequency, texture and synchronous events. The emerging space consists of music, light, the movement of a machine and 3d printed objects.

The release ‚Nervensystem‘ is focussing on the musical aspect of the project and contains excerpts of the live recording of the 24 hours performance on april 4-5 2016.

Each agent controls a drone as well as a series of short tones produced by a FM synthesis patch programmed in Max/MSP.
During the 24 hours performance the system autonomously recalled presets for the FM synthesis patch. The interpolation between presets was controlled by the amount of synchronous events within a certain frequency band at two or more places.

The agents and their hosts:
agent01: Berlin, Germany – Barbara Slawig
agent02: Lviv, Ukraine – Ostap Manulyak, Mykhaylo Barabash
agent03: Victoria, Canada – Paul Walde
agent04: Londrina, Brazil – Chris Vine
agent05: Sydney, Australia – Roger Mills
installation space: Studio_A | Kunstmühle Braunschweig, Germany – Elke Utermöhlen, Martin Slawig

Available as free download or name your price from our Bandcamp page.

A.O.S.C. 24hours Live Stream

A.O.S.C. 24h Live Stream

A.O.S.C. – agents of synchronicity – 24h live stream
a networked installation by blackhole-factory

Monday April 4 2016 8am UTC – Tuesday April 5 8am UTC
24 hours live stream @ www.blackhole-factory.com

“The general acoustic environment of a society can be read as an indicator of the social conditions which produce it and may tell us much about the trending and evolution of that society.” (Murray Schafer)

A.O.S.C. is a autonomously working networked system which uses the unique acoustic environments of 5 remote places to compose a new abstract environment in a 6th place.

blackhole-factory has sent out 5 microphone agents to locations in different countries where they are continuously registering the current soundscape, analyzing the sound spectrum and streaming the results into the installation space.
These data are interpreted by a central computer with regard to frequency, texture and synchronicity of events. The emerging space encompasses soundscape, light, the movement of a machine and 3d printed objects.

the agents and their hosts:
agent01: Berlin, Germany – Barbara Slawig
agent02: Lviv, Ukraine – Ostap Manulyak, Mykhaylo Barabash
agent03: Victoria, Canada – Paul Walde
agent04: Londrina, Brazil – Chris Vine
agent05: Sydney, Australia – Roger Mills
installation: Braunschweig, Germany – Elke Utermöhlen, Martin Slawig

A.O.S.C.-Documentation

Here we are documenting the work-in-progress of the A.O.S.C. project agents of synchronicity.

The space:

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The music:

short snippets of the music generated by the live data stream coming from the 5 agents:

The 3-d printer in our performance space is controlled by the live data stream coming from the A.O.S.C. agents in Sydney, Victoria, Lviv, Berlin and Braunschweig. These are some of the objects beeing produced during the first series of performances

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Mapping the data stream coming from the agents in Berlin and Sydney to our A.O.S.C.-Synthesiser in Braunschweig

The agents are calling agent04 who is still held by the Brazilian customs.
The live data stream of the agents playing the A.O.S.C.-Synthesiser in pentatonic tuning:

AGENTS OF SYNCHRONICITY

Photo: blackhole-factory

AGENTS OF SYNCHRONICITY is an innovative new work by blackhole-factory that draws on Anthropocenic notions of the autonomous nature of dispersed environmental events, and their repercussions on the world in which we live. Five microphone agents installed in remote international locations stream environmental acoustic events, as data, for an algorithm to manipulate pure sound frequencies, and a 3D printer from a central machine server. This autonomous machine agent performance incorporates indeterminate soundscapes and 3D printed objects produced from synchronous collisions of random acoustic events in each dispersed location.

A.O.S.C.

Photo: blackhole-factory

A.O.S.C. is a autonomously working networked system which uses the unique acoustic environments of 5 remote places to compose a new abstract environment in a 6th place.

In a complexly interconnected global reality, the impact of individual actions is not easy to estimate. The loop of action, impact and reaction to the actor is interrupted. And so the effects of our activities also affect slightly distant places, distant people and even later generations, without our being able to perceive this. The relationship between decision, action and responsibility therefore needs regular clarification. (according to Jens Kersten: Das Anthropozän-Konzept)

We observe various acoustic environments. The sounds of a place represent a singular, unique composition of the sounds of nature, the earth and the human being. This composition is not accidental. All elements influence each other so that, according to Murray Schafer, the soundscape can be seen as an indicator of social conditions and allows conclusions about the development direction of the respective society.
The sound of the environment is an acoustic representation of the area.

With A.O.S.C. we create a space where the soundscapes from far away places are related. At the point of departure for this work was the interest in observing how small everyday occurrences at remote locations affect each other when they are networked. For the collection and analysis of such everyday micro-events, we have developed our “agents”, who are equipped with a microphone to listen to the environment in which they were exposed.

agent05 in DeeWhy, Sydney. Photo: Roger Mills

blackhole-factory sent out 5 microphone agents to international places where they permanently perceive the actual soundscape and stream the analysis of the sound spectrum into the installation space.

A central computer interprets these informations with regard to frequency, texture and synchronous events. The emerging space consists of soundscape, light, the movement of a machine and 3d printed objects.

The soundscapes themselves are now becoming composers of an abstract symphony, which tells of the differences and synchronicities in the networked environments.

agent01 in Berlin. Photo: Barbara Slawig

In this autonomous networked agent-machine installation, the musical level is designed by a software synthesizer that converts the received frequency spectra back into sounds in real time. This results in the concert of the agents, which consists of fragile fine-tuned textures and powerful, aggressive rhythm-based eruptions.

Each agent controls a drone as well as a series of short tones produced by a FM synthesis patch programmed in Max/MSP.
During the performance the system autonomously recalls presets for the FM synthesis patch. The interpolation between the presets is controlled by the amount of synchronous events within a certain frequency band at two or more places.

agent02 in Lviv, Ukraine. Photo: Ostap Manulyak, Mykhaylo Barabash

The 3D printer shapes live an illustration of musical creation. A three-dimensional quotation is produced as a cast sound. The resulting objects are collected in the installation.

The agents are constructed using a RaspberryPi, a Cirrus Logic Audio Card and a POE Splitter in a waterproofed box. The RPi is running a PureData patch for analysing the signal from the microphone. For the analysis we are using the [melSpec~] object from the timbreID library from William Brent.

The agents are configured in a way that we can remote control them as soon as they are connected to the internet at the remote places.

The central computer in the installation space is running custom software based on Max/MSP for audio FM synthesis, 3d printer control, light control, graphics.

The performance was premiered on the 12th of February 2016 at  Studio_A | Kunstmühle Braunschweig, Germany.

Elke Utermöhlen – blackhole-factory: performance, concept, production, stage design
Martin Slawig – blackhole-factory: performance, concept, programming, stage design
Dr. Martina Leeker – Berlin: dramatic theory
Barbara Slawig – Berlin: host of agent01
Ostap Manulyak, Mykhaylo Barabash – Lviv Ukraine: host of agent02
Paul Walde – Victoria, Canada: host of agent03
Chris Vine – Londrina, Brazil: host of agent04
Dr. Roger Mills – Sydney, Australia: host of agent05
Martin Kroll, Mirko Heinemann – Berlin: documentation

A.O.S.C. part1: lecture performance
Premiere: February 12 2016 8pm at Studio_A | Kunstmühle Braunschweig

further dates:
13.2.2016 + 14.2. 16:00 + 20:00
19.2.2016 20:00
20.2.1016 + 21.2. 16:00 + 20:00

A.O.S.C. part2: concert live @ USTREAM
dates:
1.3.2016 14:00 + 19:00 UTC+1
2.3.2016 0:00 + 5:00 + 10:00 UTC+1

A.O.S.C. – Nervensystem :
8-track album as online release on Bandcamp August 25 2016

A production by blackhole-factory supported by Stiftung Braunschweigischer Kulturbesitz, Land Niedersachsen, Stiftung Niedersachsen, Stadt Braunschweig

The space:

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short snippets of the music generated by the live data stream coming from the 5 agents:

 

 

The 3-d printer in our performance space is controlled by the live data stream coming from the A.O.S.C. agents in Sydney, Victoria, Lviv, Berlin and Braunschweig. These are some of the objects beeing produced during the first series of performances

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A.O.S.C. – Nervensystem  is  a 8-track album as online release on Bandcamp focussing on the musicality of the system

 

 

 

 

 

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