The Agents Play Their Music

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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 snippets.

aosc170731 is a YouTube video with syncronized visualisation of the data streams.

A.O.S.C. – 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.-StreamingBox

 

A.O.S.C. StreamingBox
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This is the heart of the Agents: 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.

A.O.S.C. StreamingBox
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A.O.S.C.-Mic

We are working on a new project called A.O.S.C. – agents of synchronicity. More about the project soon. But for the start here is the description of the building process of a microphone for that project.

We need a simple mono microphone for long time outdoor usage at a fixed place. We decided to use the Primo EM172-Z1 electret capsule because it is not too expensive and the sound quality is quit good. We bought it directly from Primo in Germany.

Primo EM172-Z1

Using some heat shrink tube,

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a piece of a pipe for electrical installations from a hardware store and some Sugru to fix the capsule inside:

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A 3d printed ring and rubber hair bands as shock mount. For wind protection we have attached a piece of foam and a Rode fur for Lavalier mics onto the capsule

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The house for the mic is a filter of a pump for a garden pond from the hardware store which is then covered by nylon socks..

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AoscMic05
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The RainProtector

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Ready to go outside:
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Residency in Sydney

During october 2015 blackhole-factory stays as Artists in Residence in Sydney as guests of SOPA Sydney Olympic Park Authority
Our special thanks to Tony Nesbitt

The place:

The Armory - building 20
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Newington Armory in the Sydney Olympic Park is an old magazine for gunpowder and later high explosive ammunition for the army until it was changed into a public park for the Olympic Games in the year 2000
More information about this heritage area

Here we are:

cottage
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We are staying in a beautiful cottage in the park, in a fantastic and peaceful environment. Working in a spectacular studio in building 20 of the Newington Armory. The old storage for weapons has its special atmosphere and great acoustique. A perfect place for our research on the new piece “Die Erschütterung der Welt”, which will be shown in Braunschweig by February 2016.
We are setting up the wireless sensor network for the project and testing different modes of integrating it into the stagework.

Newington Amory building 20
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studio in the Armory
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Beside our research work we are doing a lot of public activities. See the timetable here:

Oct 2: Hacking the Stage – lecture about blackhole-factory concepts of work at CCS in the University of Technology in Sydney

UTS Sydney
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Oct 3-5 and 17-18: we present some installations in the studio for the public.
Workshops are being held In collaboration with the Sydney based arts collective tranSTURM and musician Roger Mills about the common work under the title “Waterline”.
In the exhibition we show “The Flight of the Seaswallow” as an interactive installation, fragments of the work with the wireless sensor network, our “CamBot” and some other sound experiments.

Waterline
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Oct 7: Martin Slawig live playing with the Ethernet Orchestra at Parramatta Lanes Festival. The concert being planned for Oct 9 had to be cancelled because of a protest demonstration on the streets against a mosque in Parramatta.

Oct 8 blackhole-factory played SnakeRiverDream as a live set at FBI-Radio ‘Ears Have Ears’ as guests of Brooke Olsen.

Oct 21-22: a series of workshops happens as a part of the Youth Eco Summit (YES) in the Olympic Park.

Oct 28: Ethernet Orchestra concert. After years of playing networked concerts blackhole-factory and the Sydney based members of the Ethernet Orchestra are meeting for the first time  live on stage: Roger Mills, Yavuz Uydu, Bukhchuluun Ganburged, Shaun Premnath + streamed from Londrina Brazil: Chris Vine

Ethernet Orchstra @ People's Republic Sydney
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Documentations of the residency can be found here:
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