Difference trains

An experiment with an old track (2002) and more recent video (2018)… [best watched full-screen & if you like repeating patterns with tiny variations] Music – 2002 Gavin Starks, with guitar samples of Andrew Conway, Aidan Keane and Peter Clive + Video – 2018 Gavin Starks (using footage shot in Norway 2015)

Adventures in acoustic cosmology

ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY PRESS RELEASE Adventures in acoustic cosmology RAS PR 17/30 (NAM 13) 3rd July 2017 A project that explores whether there is a musical equivalent to the curvature of spacetime will be presented on Thursday 6th July by Gavin Starks at the National Astronomy Meeting at the University of Hull. Starks, who has…

Data as culture – summary

In October 2012, as CEO of the newly-created Open Data Institute, the first work I commissioned was … art. Why art? For me, artists help to shape questions before we’ve worked out that questions are needed. They might not be able to articulate a precise question, but often indicate a shape of something emergent. Over…

some themes emerging

Thinking about the sea http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/02/sunday-review/protecting-the-untamed-seas.html and webcasting http://www.dgen.net/blog/ms-hans and music http://rinse.fm http://store.darkclover.ro/album/sabo http://tidal.lurk.org http://lysuc888.blogspot.co.uk http://www.aec.at/aeblog/en/2015/08/03/rhythmus-als-dna-der-musik and long playing things http://longplayer.org/about/ and cosmology/topology http://www.binarydust.org/2012/09/21/evolving-language http://www.nersc.gov/news-publications/nersc-news/science-news/2014/simulations-reveal-unusual-death-for-ancient-stars and data http://theodi.org/who-owns-our-data-infrastructure Some interesting Venn diagrams emerging.

ISEA 2012

I’ll be speaking at the Eighteenth International Symposium on Electronic Art, ISEA2012 Albuquerque. Machine Wilderness is a symposium and series of events exploring the discourse of global proportions on the subject of art, technology and nature. The ISEA symposium is held every year in a different location around the world, and has a 30-year history…

Listen to the colliding “Antennae Galaxies”

A sneak preview of some of the work I’ll be presenting on Sunday. Below is a radio-image taken by ALMA of the “Antennae Galaxies” colliding. We have transformed the image-cube data, in which each pixel represents an electromagnetic radio spectrum, into a sonic spectrum. By clicking the image and moving your cursor around you can…

The utterance of a cosmological model?

“On 12 April 1961 Yuri Gagarin became the first human in outer space and the first to orbit the Earth. 2011 sees the fiftieth anniversary of that event…” As part of my ongoing work on Binary Dust, I am speaking at Heavenly Discourses on Sunday 16th October 16:45 – 18:00. PANEL: Music I’ll be presenting…

Binary Dust …

Well, it’s taken a little while to pull together, but Binary Dust is now live. Hope you enjoy.

Webcasting radio = innovation

A big shout out to RinseFM who just got their FM license [Guardian, Evening Standard]. This is the second station I’ve helped with streaming that’s ended up with an FM license (the first was Resonance FM). Having put Virgin Radio, Kiss FM and Classic FM streams online in the mid-90s, and then all of the…

Jodrell Bank, 50 years on …

This year is the 50th anniversary of Jodrell Bank. Today is also a landmark day for Jodrell Bank – the whole science team are moving from on-site, to Manchester University. While this is probably very practical, I can’t help feeling sad that this unique and historic research establishment is dramatically shifting its identity. I worked…

Hong Kong concert

ICMC Computer-music festival in Hong Kong. Premiered “Glass” in Hong Kong UST GLASS [8m08s] 1996 The French surrealist literary movement ‘ecriture automatique’ expressed the inner essence of objects in relation to our association with them; writing in a stream of conciousness. This piece was composed in a similar style, to depict the essence of glass….

ICMC presentation (3D-sound)

Part of the results of my Masters Degree in Computer-Music from Glasgow University. Amongst other things, we “streamed” uncompressed WAV files between Glasgow and Edinburgh, because we could. I went on to build a 3-site, 40 NeXT machine network to do audio research at the University. Starks, G.R. & Linton, K.N. (Sept. 1994). “sndSpace: A…

Internet Music Survey

Surveyed all the free digital signal processing (DSP) and music software available on the Internet. In those days you could – there were about 120 references to “music software” if you did an Archie search… Early days …. funny to think that years later it’d be so relevant.