Sound art

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?”

Autocatalysis (2010)

Your contribution to the complex system results in feedback that can inspire you to create even more input.

Conductus (2014)

What can the transcriptional regulation network of E. coli teach us about control systems for live interactive audio signal processing?

Cyclonic (2008)

Is there any difference between events as recorded, events as experienced, events as remembered, and events as imagined?

Frog Pool Farm (2002)

What if every living thing on Earth is signalling — “Here I am!”

Lament (1999)

What if we could use technology to upload our life-long accumulation of knowledge?

Levulose (1986)

What if left-handed sugars could satisfy your hunger while starving you to death?

Lysogeny (1983)

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.

Mitochondria (1994)

Imagine a telelphone call from your mitochondria.

Motet (1977)

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

SlipStick (2008)

Could there be a world without friction? And if so, would we really want to live there?

QUANTUM (2013)

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?

sunSurgeAutomata (1987)

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

Trinity (1989)

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?

Yes (1981)

The scientific, the erotic, and the mystical thoughts simultaneously exist and interact in your brain