Anna Xambó @ Network Music Festival 2020
A Live Coding Exploration of How the Network Sounds. Network Music Festival 2020. Streaming from Sheffield, United Kingdom. July 17, 2020.
In this live coding session, an exploration of how the network sounds is conducted. Crowdsourced sounds from the Internet are retrieved, transformed and vanished. This process is combined with the sound emitted from the network router that is used for transmitting and receiving data.
The self-built tool Music Information Retrieval for Live Coding (MIRLC) is a SuperCollider library that expands the Freesound quark, which has been developed to allow the live coder to retrieve or rewire sounds using a simple syntax and semantics. Sounds can be retrieved by keywords or content characteristics from the online Creative Commons sound database Freesound.org. This can be seen as an asynchronous remote collaboration with the creators of the audio samples mediated by a world-wide live-coding sampler, where the properties of the network are included into the musical aesthetics (e.g. asynchronous requests, time of downloads).
- More info on the event:
Technologies used for live coding (laptop 1):
- MIRLC2.0 (SuperCollider Extension): MIRLCRew and MIRLCRep
- DIY induction microphone
Technologies used for live streaming (laptop 1 & laptop 2):
- Video feed of the router (laptop 2): GoPro HERO8 (webcam), Zoom
- Live stream (laptop1): OBS
Sound Credit List (Source: Freesound.org):
- drum4.mp3 by steveygos93
- routers-noise.wav by Eirikr
- AMB_balcony_kindergarden_2.wav by cribbler
- large climate control system CAMBIUM COLLEGE 130626_03.flac by klankbeeld
- tractor connecting to trailer with air brk.WAV by goose278
- COMPUTER NUMBERS.wav by sandyrb
- Volca Bass “Vacation Patch #1” by LoomyPoo
- Female computer saying “Connection complete” by Voicebox
- People Walking Down Uhall by IESP
- Xambó, A., Lerch, A. and Freeman, J. (2019) “Music Information Retrieval in Live Coding: A Theoretical Framework” (Open Access) [PUBLISHED] [PREPRINT]. Computer Music Journal, 42(4), Winter 2018, pp. 9-25.
- Xambó, A., Roma, G., Lerch, A., Barthet, M., Fakekas, G. (2018) “Live Repurposing of Sounds: MIR Explorations with Personal and Crowdsourced Databases”. In Proceedings of the New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME ’18). Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. pp. 364-369.