how we communicate 2018

an installation exploring computer communication

How we communicate was a performance and installation in which I used my voice to produce binary rhythms to create the following stream of ASCII text. “Hello I am a signal in a noisy channel”

This page has documentation of the installation version

Presentation History
Audiograft, Oxford, March 2018 (installation)

How we communicate - Audiograft, Oxford, 2018

Background
The aim of this installation was to reveal computer communication through sound with little description. Other than a brief introduction panel the audience were left to decode what was going on. The installation was a multimodal experience and included multiple screens, speakers, microphone, custom electronics and plotted drawings that illustrated the relationship between amplitude waveforms, binary code and ASCII characters.

How we communicate, Audiograft, Oxford 2018

The installation centered around a speaker and a microphone. A prerecorded track – myself singing binary rhythms – was broadcast from the speaker.

How we communicate, Audiograft, Oxford 2018

These sounds were then translated by a circuit into ASCII characters. Noise in the space had the effect of interfering with the signal and causing errors to appear.

How we communicate, Audiograft, Oxford 2018

The last hour of the installation was displayed on another monitor.

How we communicate, Audiograft, Oxford 2018

Another component of the installation was a series of plotted drawings showing the amplitude of the voice and how this translated into text.

How we communicate, Audiograft, Oxford 2018