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Projets (2009-2012)

Alejo Duque

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Bio Alejo Duque

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TRFK - (—traffic-packets) (2009)

A short series of applied artistic exercises based on the historical timeline that attempts to describe varied uses of technology to transmit, communicate, bond or affect across, the usually defined, "long distances".

With the intention to produce a sound-works based on the research initiated by Jerome Joy -Networked Music Timeline-, I propose investing time and energy to review it and in the process identify particular moments that could be revisited and followed as inspiration along as researching further deep and helping to make the NMT grow.

A map of connections that can inform conceptually few (2 at least) sound works that incorporates the following notions:

Streaming, Electromagnetic Wave, Radio, Transducer, Antenna, Map, Perception, End of Ideology.

Main Objective:

Develop both, theoretical research as long as a practical applications formalized in sound based works using technics of data sonification.

Theoretical Framework:

Departing from previous experiments using recordings (from internet streams and sound databases available on the web that relate to issues regarding political, colonialist, propagandist or ecological to name a few, any kind of technology used in relation to some clear ideological agenda, A selection of sounds of a contemporary political discourse, that of , sounds that come from humans walking on the moon to wax recordings from a tropical jungle. Sounds to be chosen following an anarcheological methodology ( ) that could not only put in place the question of the sound and its context but help re-think and re-map a different vector for the NMT.


Start with a first hands-on project using a collection of sounds i have already collected (around 50 tracks that comprehend political demos, telephone tapping, field recordings, aboriginal sounds...), a data base that can help me introduce and articulate both in practical and theoretical way the terms with which i will work, this way the rest of the Locus Sonus group can have ther take and help build a collaboration. Such feedback will enrich the project and provide me with enough material to generate a revision of the first model presented. The second presentation will be then a final one during the research period. The whole process will be documented to share via the locus sonus website patches and scripts related to the control of the sound system and the network flow in the case of real-time processing. All written text will be part of my dissertation project for EGS with all the credits given to Locus Sonus.

(Draft) Practical Description for phase#1:

Making use of sound samples from a varied set of origins that i have already collected in the last 10 years, set up to create the possibilities of a personal mental map through the use of a pre-defined network of relations that obey to psychological and cultural conventions. A trajectory of sounds related to a certain particular artistic motivation that could well also be a critic on how technologies exploit humans and not the other way round.

On the theoretical side, this will open the topic of the possibilities of mapping using sound. Technically the work will be presented using a axis spatialization driven by a puredata patch. Even though there might be connections to the use of 3d engines to drive the sound synthesis there will be no visual representation present since it will be focused on the potentials of sound to guide and follow a trajectory. Imagine a roller coaster that passes from one underwater to outer-space and one has just sound images.

(Draft) Practical Description for phase#2:

Tracing translocal connections based on streams of data that will affect the acoustic characteristics of an specific site, the place where one will listen to the piece will be radically affected by the way sounds get introduced on it in realtime and from diverse locations.

Using techniques and devices for data sensing (enumerated below). A quest into the invisible spectrum, from bio to radio electromagentic waves, from electrosmog to esoterism, sound as a medium for faraway calls.


  • 1st month:
    Since the framework for the research has already been traced, thanks to the experience in the previous year, we will have to define during the first month how to integrate the different aspects that touch on this particular project and to achieve a practical set up that will be presented at the end of the research period. The first 2 weeks will be dedicated to a profound study of the NMT, to find on it related topic and common interest, the next to weeks will be for setting up the first piece.
  • 2nd month:
    after collecting input from the members of the Lab and others around, the project will head to develop a system that can integrate some of the stronger remarks plus develop software and resources needed to accomplish a second setting. The whole month will be dedicated to both theoretical production and project development.
  • 3rd month:
    the first 2 weeks could be dedicated to work on the infrastructure of the NMT, helping to make it more visible and documenting some of its potential uses. the last 2 weeks will be dedicated to setting up the final presentation piece.

Hardware to be used:

  • Wide range radio receiver to record sound samples from short wave bands
  • LEO (low elevation orbit) Satellite antenna to pick the sounds of data sent by weather, ISS (International Space Station) and HAM radio
  • Trifield electromagnetic sensors, DIY scrying board.
  • wispy wireless monitoring device
  • alix board
  • transducers
  • gps

Software to be used:

  • pd
  • packetpunk
  • scapy
  • jackbytes
  • google earth
  • locus stream map

TRUeQUE - TransCommRoutes for Un-Expected Queued Events

Crossing my contributions in the development of the streambox and its community what has become my favorite hobby, radio scanning the UHF-military band.

With this I will like to create a sound composed by mainly 4 elements :

  • 1-streams from the soundmap
  • 2-raw network packets passing through the adc and bouncing back alog with the packets that cache the sound.

(this means, i will like to put in parallel the sound of the open mic with the sound of it data packets passing thought the network by the use of scheduled cron jobs).

  • 3-realtime mix from online and offline recordings done with my scanner while searching for satellites
  • 4-white noise will serve as bridge to introduce some of my interest in Intrumental Trans Communication - like E.V.P (incorporating historical or hysterical sound archives :)
  • 5-drones generated by the software im helping to package and develop ( )