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The process of opening a web-mic is very easy and swift. Our streaming server can transmit more than one thousand simultaneous open-mics. Locus Sonus maintains the Locustream technical system and provides the required softwares (and hardwares) in order to keep (a)live as long as possible each microphone you open. The whole system is automated : online registration, Locustream mailing-list subscription, special streaming patches & applications in order to automatically connect to the server and be recognized by our installations and on-line projects connected to the Locustream microphones database. Since 2008 we develop an autonomous small Linux-based PC dedicated to the project (LocuStreamBox) with an embedded microphone (LocusMic) : the installation of this streambox on each location of sound emission & capture provides the streams' stability and continuity. The objective is to offer continuous (non-stop) audio streams all the time. Let's imagine a constellation of simultaneous live "phonographies" from different locations all around the world, available to be constantly listened to, while reconstituting and reconstructing distances.


Locustream open microphones (2008)

The setting has a rural feeling despite being surrounded by urban/suburban development. There is abundant wildlife - (mocking) birds, squirrels, raccoons, skunks (chasing over the rooftops), occasional coyotes and mountain lions, people - grad students & faculty in art, internet personnel (the main center for campus internet is about 50 ft from the mic and this may account for some of the electrical noise) and traffic - cars & large trucks, airplanes, often medical emergency helicopters going to stanford hospital. Right across the street is the site where Edward Muybridge made his historic time motion studies of horses galloping.
(Paul Demarinis, Stanford CA)

I've just sent up a stream from my shed window in Glenview, IL. (17yr_cicadas.ogg) The sound is of the 17 year Cicadas (Cigales), which are beginning to reach their full mating chants. There is a deeper rumble in the background (from miles of wooded areas) and the more local hiss from those nearby. The next brood like this won't occur in the Chicago area until 2024!
(Peter Gena, Chicago, ILL)

A parabolic microphone has been cable-tied to a drain pipe outside my studio window at the University of Wollongong. Buses, cicadas, theatre majors, and Galahs (Eolophus roseicapillus) may be heard with some frequency.
(Timothy Nohe, Wollongong Sydney)

list of streams hooked up on the server (2009)

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Locustream project

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