Sonification of You. Martin John Callanan
Sonification of You live at Paraflows, Martin John Callanan PixxelPoint, Nova Gorcia, Slovenia,Sonification of You. Martin John Callanan

Interactivity has become ambient. Individual people are no longer isolated resulting from the scaling up of networks and the scaling down of the apparatus for transmission and reception. Various communication devices always carried are continuously emitting and receiving information. This continuous data flow is both invisible and often, by the majority of people, unknown. Today’s hand-held devices can be seen as extensions of the human body allow ubiquitous, inescapable network interconnectivity.

‘Sonification of You’ aims to make this data flow ‘visible’ to those people carrying active devices. The equipment will passively scan the various radio spectrum frequencies used by mobile phone devices, Bluetooth, WiFi networks, and others used by mobile devices, within a given place. The data information then represented by assigned audio sounds that will indicate activity, distance, and strength of signals.

Drawing on methods for monitoring large computer networks, the result is to create a background ‘sound’ for a space that is representational of the people, and their devices, present.

Research & development conducted with Michael Rogers (UCL Computer Science). Possible with the support of UCL Information System's Remote Support Team.
Also see Symphony of the Factory Sirens, Arseny Avraamov