"Of the many unforeseen consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, one was a greater awareness of the urban nature in our midst. As the lockdown forced us to remain apart, we became more aware of the wildlife around us, particularly urban birds and their songs. This project aims to preserve this awareness, so that as we come together once more, we also maintain our new relationship with the non-humans with whom we share our cities."

ajbhampton.com/dawnchorus

savethesounds.info/

The Museum of Endangered Sounds by Brendan Chilcutt

"I launched the site in January of 2012 as a way to preserve the sounds made famous by my favorite old technologies and electronics equipment. For instance, the textured rattle and hum of a VHS tape being sucked into the womb of a 1983 JVC HR-7100 VCR. As you probably know, it's a wonderfully complex sound, subtle yet unfiltered. But, as streaming playback becomes more common in the US, and as people in developing nations like Canada and the UK get brought up to DVD players, it's likely that the world will have seen and heard the last of older machines like the HR-7100. And as new products come to market, we stand to lose much more than VCRs.

Imagine a world where we never again hear the symphonic startup of a Windows 95 machine. Imagine generations of children unacquainted with the chattering of angels lodged deep within the recesses of an old cathode ray tube TV. And when the entire world has adopted devices with sleek, silent touch interfaces, where will we turn for the sound of fingers striking QWERTY keypads? Tell me that. And tell me: Who will play my GameBoy when I'm gone?"

thelibrarybysoundpocket.org.hk

"This is not an archive, but a series of encounters, affirmations, and doubts about listening as a way of being.

Many moments have arisen in the work of soundpocket, that have called our attention to the ways to represent sound in its materiality and in its relation to words of different languages, bodies, spaces, places, temporalities…All these constitute a complex configuration of styles of thinking and ways of life that we have only begun, partly by fortune, partly by commitment and work, to disentangle with The Library by soundpocket.
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To collect sounds for The Library is not to fixate sounds into any
particular form, but to regard the questions of how to do so and testing them out as an end in itself.

As for the received idea of collecting as a kind of heritage preservation, The Library is inspired by scholar Laurajane Smith’s idea that “all heritage is intangible”. The past can be brought back to life in material forms, which, at the same time, cannot be exhausted by them. Therefore, we see heritage as lived and always already in-the-making. It is our active engagement with the past as present that The Library is interested in."

— Yeung Yang

Today is the first day of , a training institute by the UPenn Price Lab

I'll be spending the next few days exploring "Tidy Data", which includes discussions the implications around cleaning data and ethical database design.
web.sas.upenn.edu/dream-lab/ti

post.lurk.org

A fediverse community for discussions around cultural freedom, experimental, new media art, net and computational culture, and things like that.

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