In times when algorithms are used to alienate us and music is reduced and consumed as “content”,a group of ravers and musicians use algorithms to bring people together in dancefloors,perform music and live code experiences to make music taking place.
I’m stoked ’bout giving my F.A.T NIKA 2014 (.tidal .gif version) to one the best things that has happened to music and dancefloors in the 21st century:ALGORAVE. (Ardisson,Benoit and The Mandelbrots, Alexandra Cardenas, LiveCodeLab, Sick Lincoln, Norah Lorway, LUUMA, Meta-ex, Mico-Rex, Renick Bell, Section_9, Shelly Knotts, Yaxu/Slub/AlexMcLean, Yee_King). Thanks for the code, the music, the dance and looking forward for more party in general!♥
Algorave is made from “sounds wholly or predominantly characterised by the emission of a succession of repetitive conditionals“. These days just about all electronic music is made using software, but with artificial barriers between the people creating the software algorithms and the people making the music. Using systems built for creating algorithmic music, such as IXI Lang, overtone, puredata, Max/MSP, SuperCollider, Impromptu, Fluxus and Tidal, these barriers are broken down, and musicians are able to compose and work live with their music as algorithms. This has good and bad sides, but a different approach leads to interesting places.
This is no new idea, but Algoraves focus on humans making and dancing to music. Algorave musicians don’t pretend their software is being creative, they take responsibility for the music they make, shaping it using whatever means they have. More importantly the focus is not on what the musician is doing, but on the music, and people dancing to it. Algoraves embrace the alien sounds of raves from the past, and introduce alien, futuristic rhythms and beats made through strange, algorithm-aided processes. It’s up to the good people on the dancefloor to help the musicians make sense of this and do the real creative work in making a great party.
About F.A.T NIKA
The F.A.T NIKA is a Fake Gucci for the attention economy.
“The Prix Ars Electronica is one of the most important yearly prizes in the field of electronic and interactive art, computer animation, digital culture and music”. It is a handmade wooden statuette – copy of the Greek Nike of Samothrace – plated with gold. “Prix Ars Electronica” is a phrase composed of French, Latin and Spanish words, loosely translated as “Electronic Arts Prize.” (Source: Wikipedia.)
F.A.T NIKA is a freestyle copy of Ars Electronica’s Golden Nica. It is a 3d modeled object statuette, copied from Wikipedia images of the Greek Nike of Samothrace and Ars Electronica’s Golden Nica.
This prestigious counterfeited award can be easily reproduced infinite times -digitally or physically-, customized and being used to recognize any expression you value (including yours!)– without being part of the the artificial sanctity of juries, curators and gatekeepers.
2012 F.A.T (Crystal Disco version)
2013 Computer Rooms by Goto80(FAKE GOLD version)
2014 ALGORAVE (.tidal.gif version)
COMPUTER ROOMS is a beautiful little book that focus on the context in which computer culture happens rather than in their machines:
“This is what computer culture really looks like. A collection of photos that show the messy reality behind the shiny online facade. Where we make our living and spend our free time. And try to be creative. Or even maybe worse.
Very few people get to see these spaces. It’s not the kind of place we take photos of, or show to visitors. Maybe we don’t even see it ourselves. It’s a sort of secluded area hidden in plain sight, full of secrets, now on this display in this book.
This kind of places lead to political actions, fantastic music, art, new friends, inventions, love and so much more. This is IRL!”
/Goto80, Bräkne-Hoby, April 2013.
Goto80 (born Anders Carlsson, 1981) is a Swedish music artist and researcher. He has been described as one of the key players between glitch and chipmusic, as well as an active demoscener. At the turn of the millennium he was one of the first to bring chipmusic to a wider audience, and was also an early adoptor of live Game Boy music. He has an extensive back catalogue of free music – often open source – with a wide span of musical influences. He currently focuses on research and art, and maintains a number of blogs and labels such as Chipflip and the text-mode tumblr. (source: Wikipedia)
In preparation for our upcoming epic F.A.T. Lab meet up at Transmediale10 Berlin we are pleased to announce our next topic week FUCK GOOGLE ! Stay tuned for a series of brand new pieces to be released here in the upcoming week!
F.A.T. lab is nomintaed for the Transmediale Award 2010
Transmediale 2010 “Futurity now!”
February 2nd – 7th, 2010
Come and join F.A.T. at Transmediale! Book your tickets now!
Google is the most popular site on the world wide web. Since Larry Page and Sergey Brin opened the Menlo Park doors of their corporate office in 1998, Google has grown to be much more than just the defacto information search utility for the web. Beyond having over 150 domains, dozens of web, browser and desktop apps, a number of the most popular sites on the web (like YouTube), partnerships with multimedia conglomerates and multinational telecoms, one spy satellite and a mysterious network of telecommunication infrastructure, Google has become a new word in the international lexicon. I Googled it. 구글했다. Je l’ai googlelé. Jeg googlede det. ググった。 Eu Googled isso. Ich hab’s gegoogled. मॅँ googled है. Yo googleo.
Google, Ergo Sum.
But, it wasn’t always easy streets for the kindly, corporate giant. Shining a light into the darkness of the early web was not as simple as it looked. It took patience, a “don’t be evil” mantra, football fields of high-end office furniture, and millions and millions of ads. As F.A.T. Lab fellows Randy Sarafan and Geraldine Juárez, wrote in their tell-all, Google, biopic entitled, Lost and Found:
“Webrings just wouldn’t work… Information needed to be freed and shopping needed to be accessible. There could only ever be one pets.com. Exoticpets.com, rarepets.com, rareexoticpets.com, and rareexoticpetfood.com would all be outposts in the wilderness without a road to lead you there. Google’s benevolent hands built that road. And they built millions of other roads. And then they lined these roads with billboards. And with the money they made on these billboards, they built entire cities of industry. And within these cities, they erected more billboards. And pretty soon, Google, the mere builder of roads, owned half of the frontier, which was no longer a frontier, but a megalopolis without borders.”
So, what is so “fuck-worthy” about Mother-google? It is the fact that a corporate entity, even one as beloved and competent as Google, is in control of such a large stake in the digital network and public utility upon which we have all grown so reliant. And, that as a publicly traded company, it doesn’t have to answer to anyone but its largest shareholders, despite the fact that its decisions effect the lives and private information of millions of people. Few even question or raise a voice in opposition to the Google-ification of the Internet.
Don’t get us wrong, we use Google too. We use search, blog search, gmail, YouTube, calendar, docs, analytics, maps, etc. We use them like we do the sidewalk or a public toilets when we have to take a piss: because it feels like there just isn’t any other option. Sure, there are alternatives to Google. But, they mostly suck. And to not use Google means to lose access to an enormous network and some of the most reliable tools on the Internet.
That is why for Transmediale 2010, F.A.T. Lab proposes ‘FuckGoogle’, a collection of browser add-ons, open source software, theoretical musings and direct actions aimed at creating an awareness of the role Google plays in our daily lives. Throughout the duration of Transmediale, F.A.T. members and friends will publish free software, live streams, communiques and video documentation of actions on the fffff.at blog. So, join us and let’s all FuckGoogle together. By the way, does anyone have Sergey’s email or home address?
Come to Berlin and join the F.A.T. lab at Transmediale 2010 Berlin next week!
Be part of the F.A.T. lab workshops, movie sets and parties! 15 international F.A.T. lab members and associates will meet up in Berlin for an endless week of new projects. (Topic to be announced soon!)
F.A.T. lab is nominated for the Transmediale Award 2010 !!!
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