Thursday, May 24, 2012

embrace the random liv

Chaos Atlantis

Chaos Atlantis is a realtime sonification engine, a program that converts data into sound. It is currently using data generated by NOAA buoy 46059 off the coast of northern California. This buoy measures several variables including water temperature, air temperature, wave height, wind speed, and much more. These numbers are used to control many parameters of Chaos Atlantis. For example, the speed at which new sounds are created (tempo) is controlled by the wind speed. The frequency or pitch of a note is controlled by the water and/or air temperature, wave height determines amplitude, and dominant wave periods determine which synthesizers are used to make sound.

Sometimes peaceful, sometimes noisy, always intriguing. Drones, pings, swirls of static:
spectral transmissions from phantom submarines.