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Antarctica Suite
Jon Lebkowsky, 8 Jul 08
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Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, visited Antarctica "to capture the acoustic qualities of Antarctic ice forms, reflect a changing and even vanishing environment under duress." Spooky has transformed the changing landscape's subtle vibrations into music. [Link]

What DJ Spooky’s Antarctic Suite: Ice Loops portrays is a land made of complex ecological interactions. Instead of a metaphor, the composition aims to go to Antarctica and record the sound of the continent. More than 170 million years ago, Antarctica was part of the supercontinent Gondwanaland. Over time Godwin broke apart and Antarctica as we know it today was formed around 25 million years ago. Using digital media, video, and high tech recording equipment, DJ Spooky will go to Antarctica and paint an acoustic portrait of this rapidly transforming environment. In the steps of environmentalists like Al Gore, or even films like March of the Penguins and Happy Feet, he aims to bring Antarctica to the contemporary imagination by digitally reconstructing it: historical maps, travelers journals over the last several centuries, crystalline ice’s resonant frequencies, and the Earth’s magnet poles - will all be paints for the audio palette he will work with. Essentially, he will go to the continent and create a recording studio that will be portable enough to move all over the territory.

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Nice read, I was unawre of lot many things about Antartica. Must read article.

Posted by: Mayank Keshari on 8 Jul 08

Hmmmmmmm This story reminds me of the artistic characters from Kim Stanley Robinson's Antarctica book. Life imitating art again. Spooky.

Posted by: JohnnyCake on 10 Jul 08



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