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Rotting sounds – Digitality and materiality

The Sound and Music Computing and Creative Media Technology teams at KTH kindly welcome you all to the Sound and Music Interactions seminar on Tuesday November 2, 15:00 (sharp)-16:00.

Time: Tue 2021-11-02 15.00

Location: Online

Language: English

Participating: Thomas Grill

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Title: Rotting sounds – Digitality and materiality

Most of today’s media output, be it audio or video, is produced and stored in the digital domain. Although digital data are adorned by the myth of lossless transmission and migration, everyday experience does prove the existence of degradation and, ultimately, data loss in various forms. This pertains to the physical nature of storage media and playback devices as well as to media formats and software in the context of their technological infrastructure. The ongoing multi-year project of artistic research "Rotting sounds" strives to elaborate on the causes, mechanisms and effects of such deterioration, specifically in the context of digital audio.

In this talk, I will focus on the material nature of the digital and its implications. I will illustrate this with concrete artistic works that have been created in the course of research.

Speaker: Thomas Grill ( website )