Sunday, December 10, 2006

Aural Praxis

It's hard not to get excited about MIT Media Lab researcher Noah Vawter's Ambient Addition. From his own website:
Ambient Addition is a Walkman with binaural microphones. A tiny Digital Signal Processing (DSP) chip analyzes the microphone's sound and superimposes a layer of harmony and rhythm on top of the listener's world. In the new context, some surprising behaviors take place. Listeners tend to play with objects around them, sing to themselves, and wander toward tempting sound sources. With Ambient Addition, I'm hoping to make people think twice about the sounds they initiate as well as loosen up some inhibitions.

Not to overacademicize this, but Ambient Addition could very well be a literal (and aural) example of Peter B├╝rger's idea of incorporating art into the praxis of life.

2 comments:

Bureau of Print Research and Design said...

I was just reading about this in the New York times Magazine.
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/10/magazine/10section1A.t-3.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

It sounds like a budda machine and Glenn Branca in space.

sevensixfive said...

Your brother totally beat me to the Buddha Machine reference.