1. 12:55 13th Apr 2014

    Notes: 36786

    Reblogged from realitymonster

    image: Download


I’m not super great at gif-ing things, but here you guys go!


    I’m not super great at gif-ing things, but here you guys go!

  2. bigandstrong:

    Synth pioneer and composer Wendy Carlos discusses working with Stanley Kubrick and plays music from her The Shining and A Clockwork Orange scores. The video is undated but the computers in her studio look ‘90’s.

  3. The latest Swarming Emotional Pianos update from Erin Gee.

  4. This looks great; I’d love to see it. More information about the film here:

    Particle Fever

  5. 13:27 19th Mar 2014

    Notes: 3

    Reblogged from laurenredhead

    Music I Like: The Said Woman


    I’ve decided to make a series of posts about music and works that I like. I don’t intend these as a review of any sort, but simply an opportunity to point out music and art that I think is great and that others might want know about as well. Since my life has been so full of organs recently this should also hopefully make my blog seem a bit more varied. So, I hope that you also like these things too.

    (My original aim was to begin this strand by posting one of these every day this week, but I already have missed yesterday, so let’s see how I go…).

    My first recommendation isn’t necessaily music. Perhaps it is sound art. Perhaps it is poetry. Perhaps it is music, in a way, after all. I always think that in the case of the best artworks it doesn’t or shouldn’t matter which label is given to it anyway.

    The Said Woman is a recent project by artist and poet R. Armstrong. It is based on the trial of Joan of Arc and involves writing, speaking, listening, transcribing. It is beautifully presented and discusses a number of issues pertinent to today’s society, as well as bringing out issues to do with the grain and the role of the voice in the conception of personhood. And also about 1000 other things that I could comment upon.

    The artist posts a new part of the work on each of the important dates of the trial, due to finish on the 25th March. You can listen to everything up today on her website, and also sign up to get a short message in your inbox when a new part of the piece is created. I’m actually really enjoying those emails: they’re also part of the work.

    So, I hope you enjoy listening! Below is the most recent installment, but I’d recommend going to the page because on its own this is only really a small part of the work.

  6. 13:09

    Notes: 3

    Reblogged from futurefemmes

  7. Artificial Neural Networks - Movement and Hearing as Cognition - Vanessa Yaremchuk



    Left image courtesy of Vanessa Yaremchuk, 2011 

    Right image B0005204 Credit Dr Jonathan Clarke, Wellcome Images 
    Neurons in the brain 
    Pyramidal neurons forming a network in the brain. These are nerve cells from the cerebral cortex that have one large apical dendrite and several basal dendrites. Colour-enhanced light microscopy 2003 Collection: Wellcome Images 


    While artificial neural networks are still quite different from our own minds in function, they offer a fascinating window into logic that is more reciprocal, conversational, and adaptive than traditional information systems. This link between adaptive systems, politics and biological determinism (or lack thereof) can actually have the power to shake people up, have them re-think organization and hierarchy. It reminds me of earlier theoretical experiments in computer science and psychology, namely those by Alan Turing, who in 1950 suggested that one might do better to create a childlike machine mind that was open to education, which pairs curiously with J.P Guilford’s 1950 paper on creativity that states that obsessions with intelligence are flawed, however he has hope more for creativity, granted there is little or no research in psychology into human creativity because no one knows what mental functions produce creativity.  I mean, Guilford has produced many papers on creativity since then, but those two papers I find really stimulating to start discussions.

    Intelligence and creativity are both concepts of which most people feel they have a strong understanding, yet it is incredibly difficult to give them precise all encompassing definitions. How do we measure these things we can’t fully describe? Many people like IQ scores because that gives them something numerical to point to and compare, but it seems beyond improbable that the answer to something as nuanced as intelligence is standardised testing.


    Yaremchuk: A popular unifying theory in cognitive science is that cognition is information processing. This opens things up nicely to computational modelling, and when combined with the idea of embodied cognition leads to a greater appreciation of different kinds of human intelligence. Embodied cognition in this context refers to the idea that the neurology throughout our body (and not just that in our brains) is involved in our understanding of things like music. When we listen to music created by a type of instrument with which we are familiar, our entire bodies respond sometimes even leading to things like involuntary twitching of fingers. The neurology involved in generating the movements that we would make to produce that music contributes to how we process and experience that music. I think one can fairly say that musical gesture and dance process information, and impact our experience and understanding of music. If cognition is information processing, then not only can we consider possible computational models for cognition, but we can also look at movement and dance as cognition. For an excellent book on this topic see Marc Leman’s Embodied Music Cognition and Mediation Technology 
  8. 16:24 14th Mar 2014

    Notes: 16

    Reblogged from wolvensnothere


    The original abstract for the paper that inspired this project looks like this:

    "In this paper, I will discuss the various intersections of the categories of magic, cybernetics, and artificial intelligence, arguing that, in order to create a complete picture of the kind of social interaction machine minds will require, we will need to rethink our understandings of these links. These considerations will then be linked to an argument for the correlation of two systems’ interactions with the observable world, those systems being magic and cybernetics. From there, we will apply our new understandings to the task of determining the ways in which magic, artificial intelligence, and human cybernetic augmentation interrelate, with what follows being recommended not as a description of a potential system of ethics, but rather a prescription for what we will need to become, in order to find a common morality."

    This article is step one in a much larger framework, a bigger project which will include an anthology on the wider scope of these subjects, and which will hopefully have far-reaching, long-term implications for our thoughts and actions in these arena.

    The funds I’m asking for will go toward books, article database access, and my own compensation for my writing, editing, interviewing and research time.

    If that’s something you’re interested in, please do what you can, even if that just means spreading the word. Every little bit helps.

    And thanks.

  9. 22:44 9th Mar 2014

    Notes: 9

    Reblogged from futurefemmes


    Suzanne Ciani, electronic music producer, working on the music and sounds for the Xenon pinball game from the Omni television show. She likens it to a “pinball symphony”

  10. Robotic arm turns man into a cyborg drummer

    Watching this makes me happy.