Examples of MuPsi — the musical counterpart to SciFi or math fiction. Each piece is a “what-if” premise; musical transformations explore the ramifications of that premise, for example “What if you tried to create music using nothing but clicks?”, “What if the Internet showed signs of being a group-intelligence?”, “What would it sound like if the dissemination of genetic information by a lysogenic virus were modelled in sound? What does friction sound like?”
Your contribution to the complex system results in feedback that can inspire you to create even more input.
Bubble & Squeak (2017)
In the beginning, was the bubble. Before life could emerge from inorganic matter, there first had to be a boundary to separate inside from outside, self from other.
Given that sound is vibration and thus can effect change in the physical world, if we excite the impulse response of a church using singing pilgrims wearing tap shoes, will we be able to hear the echoes of all the music that has ever been played and every word that has ever been spoken in that church?
Is there any difference between events as recorded, events as experienced, events as remembered, and events as imagined?
Inspired by the story of how, when the universe was young, the Higgs boson lived in a (three-dimensional) double-well potential and there was symmetry between the weak and electro-magnetic forces. But, as the universe cooled down, the Higgs settled into just one of the wells, breaking that symmetry forever
Frog Pool Farm (2002)
What if every living thing on Earth is signalling — “Here I am!”
How much of what we know has been acquired through inference, by observing the effects or the traces of the actual process rather than by observing the process itself?
What if we could use technology to upload our life-long accumulation of knowledge?
What if left-handed sugars could satisfy your hunger while starving you to death?
An idea is not just a virus — it’s a lysogenic virus. New ideas change us. And those ideas are also changed by us, modulated by our own experience, before we pass them along to others.
Imagine a telelphone call from your mitochondria.
Sentient animals and vegetables beg the question: what is legal to eat?
…odd kind of sympathy (2011)
You can never know for certain exactly how your part fits in the larger scheme of things.
Public Organ (1995)
The human brain is the most public organ on the face of the earth, open to everything, sending out messages to everything.
— Lewis Thomas The Lives of a Cell
Could there be a world without friction? And if so, would we really want to live there?
Can data from the ATLAS experiment at CERN be mapped to sound in such a way so as to express the mystery and beauty of the Higgs field?
Energy surges outward from the sun, driving self-organizing systems that evolve from clicks into pitch, rhythm, and life on Earth
Tangled Timelines (1999)
When you visit your home town or re-read your old papers or journal, your timeline crosses over itself and gets tangled up
The exact moment at which the atomic bomb ceased to be a fascinating scientific challenge and became a weapon of mass destruction
X bar (1986)
Cantor Sets: Can you hear the spaces between the sounds?
The scientific, the erotic, and the mystical thoughts simultaneously exist and interact in your brain