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Sine-Wave Speech Sequence – Disinformation July 2014

Speech-synthesis and sine-wave speech demonstration video, prepared for the artist project Disinformation, premiered in the PoetryFilm “Sounds of Love” event, at the Southbank Centre, London, 19 July 2014. “Sounds of Love” was conceived and curated by Malgorzata Kitowski, and featured performances, readings and films by Billy Childish with Eugene Doyen, Sarah Pucill, Eduardo Kac, Disinformation, Tim Cumming, Cristina Viti with Gad Hollander, Malgorzata Kitowski, John Smith, and Simon Barraclough with Oliver Barrett and Jack Wake-Walker.

One interesting aspect of sine-wave speech is that contrary to one misconception, sine-wave speech demonstrations do not normally produce illusions of sound. What listening to sine-wave speech demonstrations reveals to listeners is instead the projective aspect of auditory perception. Now, that projective faculty may also (very occasionally and from time-to-time) cause us to experience audio illusions, but, as with most other perceptions, the specific perceptions experienced as a result of learning to “read” meaning into sine-wave speech are usually accurate, not illusory. The meanings that, after exposure to the original naturally-recorded voices, then “jump-out” of previously obscure sine-wave speech, are real meanings – with the effect that what such demonstrations really show listeners is how learning and how knowledge contribute to the active formation of (illusory and real) perceptions. Please note some of the audio content in this sequence is decidedly tongue-in-cheek.

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Roentgenizdat – Undercover Bust & Stilyagi Interviews

Roentgenizdat – street distribution, undercover cop bust & Stilyagi interviews

Soviet “Bones” [кости] – Stilyagi [Стиляги]

“Roentgenizdat” (X-ray) sequence – 0:36 to 2:50 – from the film “Stilyagi” by Valery Todorovsky; underground distribution and the politics of listening!

Soviet “Bones” [кости], “Ribs” [рёбра], “Roentgenizdat” [рентгениздат]

The Soviet-era “bones” [кости], “ribs” [рёбра] or “roentgenizdat” [рентгениздат] are so-called because one cheap, reliable source of suitable raw material is discarded medical x-rays, which have the added benefit of including ready-made and interesting images. The name roentgenizdat comes from the combination of roentgen ray (another word for X-ray) and izdat (Russian: издат, abbr. издательство, izdatel’stvo, “publishing house”), patterned after the word samizdat (“self-published”, or underground literature). X-ray records emerged at the time of the Stilyagi as an underground medium for distribution of jazz music, which was prohibited in the Soviet Union after World War II. This format was also particularly attractive to politically suppressed punk rock music and the “do it yourself” punk ethic, since other publishing outlets were much less accessible.

Footage from the superb Joseph Brodsky biopic “Room and a Half” [Полторы комнаты] by Andrei Khrzhanovsky.

Gustav Metzger in conversation with Joe Banks…

“White Heat: art, science and social responsibility in 1960s Britain” is an exciting one-day conference exploring the relationships between art, science and society in the 1960s. 50 years on, key figures from this period will join speakers from the fields of art and cultural history, the history and philosophy of science, contemporary art, science, activism and popular culture to revisit one of the most intense periods of intellectual and cultural ferment. The symposium takes place in the very lecture theatre where, in 1965, Gustav Metzger gave his iconic lecture-demonstration “The Chemical Revolution in Art”.

Contributors include Joe Banks, Alice Bell, Jonathan Benthall, John Dunbar, Bronac Ferran, Elizabeth Fisher, David Gale, Martin Kemp, Nigel Lesmoir-Gordon, Roger Malina, Gustav Metzger, Jerry Ravetz, Jasia Reichardt, Jonathan Rosenhead, Neal White and Robert M. Young.

9.30am to 4pm, 26 July 2014
Lecture Theatre LT0
Department of Engineering
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1PZ

Admission £20, concessions £15
Advance booking essential

Thanks to Bronac Ferran, Guy Haywood & Lizzie Fisher

MUU Helsinki re-issue “MUU For Ears” CD…

The CD features a “Rorschach Audio” pastiche by Disinformation, also Gaia B, Alice Evermore & Eavesdropper, Incite/, Helena Gough, Sami Klemola, Charlie Morrow, Jean-Marc Savic & Sinebag – 2nd edition now available…

AQNB reviews Rorschach Audio…

“Brilliant… critical, but open, playful, fresh… thought-provoking… fascinating”


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