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.

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