Sustain.fm

Stephen Williams / drusnoise

Harmonizing Sound and Sustainability – merging electronic music and sustainability. Explore global electronic soundscapes, beats, and live performances while hearing from artists, researchers, and activists driving positive change. Each episode of Sustain features a curated selection of electronic music from diverse cultures and genres. From pulsating basslines to ethereal melodies, our show celebrates the power of music to unite people while highlighting its connection to sustainable living. Tune in to experience the fusion of digital sounds and environmental consciousness, creating a unique audio landscape. read less
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From Trash to Music - Turning waste into sounds with Veerle Pennock and Etta Harbar
27-03-2024
From Trash to Music - Turning waste into sounds with Veerle Pennock and Etta Harbar
So what is trash really? What is waste? How do we cut down how much we throw away? And what happens when we throw things away? Is that really the end of things? Many groups like Bye Bye Plastic and Clubtopia are thinking about questions like these; how to reduce waste in clubs and festivals, get rid of plastic water bottles and so on. But a different approach is to completely rethink the idea of waste and trash. Today I talk with Veerle Pennock and Etta Harbar from Utrecht in the Netherlands. They are live performers, teachers, makers, and hackers exploring the crossover between e-waste, art, music, and instruments and I am happy to talk more with them about their work and approach to sustainability. And we hear a recording of their heavy-hitting noisy trash music live at Voltage Control Amsterdam.   Show notes and links Performance recordings featured: Modulation, 16.07.2023, de Nijverheid Utrecht, NL Voltage Control Amsterdam, 21.01.2024, Paradiso Amsterdam, NL   Parallel Problems https://www.instagram.com/parallelproblems/ Veerle Pennock https://veerlepennock.com/ Elektrotek https://www.instagram.com/elektortek/ Etta HarBar https://www.instagram.com/ettaharbar/ Acid Solder Club https://www.instagram.com/acidsolderclub/ Intergalactic Cyber Trash Collective https://www.dbstudio.nl/event/expo-opening-wreckage/ Voltage Control Amsterdam https://www.instagram.com/voltagecontrolamsterdam/ Modulation Utrecht https://www.instagram.com/modulationutrecht/ Bye Bye Plastic Foundation https://www.instagram.com/byebyeplasticlife/ Clubtopia https://www.instagram.com/clubtopia
We are but dust and shadows
28-02-2024
We are but dust and shadows
Today we talk about the intersections of sustainability, health, data and sound in drusnoise’s techno composition ‘We are but dust and shadows’. The composition investigates how sonification of air pollution data can be used for modulation of sound, mirroring the ways that unseen particles in the air affect humans and the environment – usually in ways we do not notice or understand. The live experimental techno set features analog and digital modular synthesizers, samplers, FX pedals, iPad granular synths, and analog drum machines. Additional sounds and modulations come from public air pollution data, live sample and loop manipulation, field recordings, and scientific lectures. Guest host JacqNoise (host of the Hijack show on RBL Radio) interviews drusnoise and we talk about sustainability and sound, data sonfication, improvisation, geek out on gear, and more.   Show notes Links and references Data artist: Lisa KnolleData sources: World Air Quality Index - Graz Air Pollution: Real-time Air Quality Index (AQI), https://aqicn.org/city/graz/ | Das Serviceportal des Landes Steiermark, https://app.luis.steiermark.at/luft2/suche.phpEuropean Environment Agency report on Air quality in Europe https://www.eea.europa.eu/publications/air-quality-in-europe-2022Link to performance at Institut für Elektronische Musik und Akustik, Kunst Uni Graz 23.11.2023 https://youtu.be/CeQQ7NSPBC0Link to artist talk https://youtu.be/EMHHu3v6zIAJacqNoise https://jacqnoise.cargo.site/Hijack RBL https://rbl.media/programs/hijack/ Every 1st Saturday at 9pm Gear mentioned Eurorack modules Intellijel MIDI – CV interface https://intellijel.com/shop/eurorack/1u/midi-1u/Mystic Circuits 3DVCA https://www.mysticcircuits.com/product/3dvcaWorng Electronics Soundstage https://www.worngelectronics.com/ Elektron Octatrack https://www.elektron.se/en/octratrack-mkii-explorerElektron Analog Rytm https://www.elektron.se/en/analog-rytm-mkii-explorerBorderlands granular synth iPad app https://www.borderlands-granular.com/app/Eowave Quadrantid Swarm https://www.eowave.com/synthesizers/quadrantid-swarm/Bastl Instruments Softpop SP2 https://bastl-instruments.com/instruments/softpop2Error instruments Cloud Busting https://www.errorinstruments.com/a-74329068/bricky-format-standalone-box/cloudbusting-gold-xo-brickie/#descriptionAbleton Live https://www.ableton.com/en/Dust granular synth plugin https://www.soundmorph.com/product/49/dust
Can you hear the Earth breathing?
27-12-2023
Can you hear the Earth breathing?
In the 1950s, Charles Keeling started measuring carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere at the Moana Loa Observatory in Hawaii. These measurements showed for the first time how the planet itself is breathing as forests in the Northern hemisphere grow leaves in the Spring absorbing CO2, then release it back into the atmosphere in the Fall when leaves drop off the trees. In this episode we talk about ‘Can you hear the Earth breathing?’ a composition and performance translates this climate data into sound, that brings to life these sustainability cycles and the natural (and un-natural) systems that lie beneath the production and absorption of carbon dioxide. The performance includes both sonified data representing CO2 concentration along with field recordings, modular synthesizers, samplers, biofeedback pads connected to plants, FX pedals, and looping feedback. We talk with Lisa the data artist on the project as well as Erbse, a movement artist collaborating on the project and discuss data sonification, translating sustainability concepts and data for audiences, creating space for improvisation, decentering the human, and more. Performance videos First solo performance at ACUD Macht Neu, Berlin School of Sound, Berlin 2022  First performance with Erbse at ACUD Macht Neu, Berlin Modular Society, Berlin April 2023  Second performance with Erbse at Liebig12, Berlin with sustain.berlin October 2023 https://youtu.be/r3zS9dDX-Gg?si=C-7zxidcaXmD4WgH Links and references Lisa Knolle - https://www.instagram.com/lisas_learnings/ Erbse - https://www.instagram.com/ochjoa/ ‘Can you hear the Earth breathing?’ background https://www.drusnoise.com/can-you-hear-the-earth-breathing Sustain.fm research https://www.sustain.fm/research CO2 data used in ‘Can you hear the Earth breathing?’: D. Keeling, S. C. Piper, R. B. Bacastow, M. Wahlen, T. P. Whorf, M. Heimann, and H. A. Meijer, “Exchanges of atmospheric CO2 and 13CO2 with the terrestrial biosphere and oceans from 1978 to 2000”. I. Global aspects, SIO Reference Series, No. 01-06, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego, 88 pages, 2001 https://keelingcurve.ucsd.edu/ More on data sonification Å, Stjerna, Before Sound: Transversal Processes in Site-Specific Sonic Practice, University of Gothenburg. Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, 2018. Hermann, T., Hunt, A., and Neuhoff, J.G. (2011). The Sonification Handbook. Logos Publishing House, Berlin. Download free PDF at https://sonification.de/handbook/download/TheSonificationHandbook-HermannHuntNeuhoff-2011.pdf Williams, S. (2022). Can you hear the Earth breathing? Translation and disclosure in sound art data sonification in Pauletto, S., Delle Monche, S., and Selfridge, R. 2nd Conference on the Sonification of Health and Environmental Data (SoniHED 2022, pp. 44-48). https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/bwgn58sl6iggymksxo41u/Williams_SoniHED.pdf?rlkey=05ragquau26wova3ucn7vzqzy&dl=0 Kudos to Tim Wedde who created the py_midicsv library that we used https://github.com/timwedde/py_midicsv New Materialism: https://newmaterialism.eu/almanac/a/agency.html Alexis Shotwell: Against Purity. Living Ethically in Compromised Times (2016) Jane Bennett: Vibrant Matter. A political ecology of things (2010) Further reading: Petra Kuppers: Eco Soma. Pain and Joy in Speculative Performance Encounters (2022) Anna Tsing: The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins (2015)