[ISEA2010] Paper: Shintaro Miyazaki & Martin Howse – Detektors: Rhythms of Electromagnetic Emissions, their Psychogeophysics and Micrological Auscultation


Almost any electronic gadget can be transformed into an audible and sometimes rhythmical sound object. “Detektors” presents such a transforming device, making manifest both a cartography of user-generated geolocational sound recordings, logs and walks, which reveal hidden electromagnetic geographies of our urban areas, and a database or catalogue of sonic studies of electromagnetic emissions produced by our everyday electronic devices. At the beginning of the 21st century we are surrounded by ubiquitous electromagnetic oscillations, which are more and more results of computational protocolled processes, which turns them to algorhythms. “Detektors” suggests a new form or methodology of the dérive, possibilities afforded by a novel geophysical terrain. Psychogeophysics meets algorhythmics, as use of the detectors in city space allows for novel city play algorhythms.

  • Shintaro Miyazaki (DE) is theorist/artist, born 1980, educated in Media Studies, Musicology and Philosophy University of Basel. Lives and works in Berlin, is interested in the sonic epistemologies of everyday technologies and is a Ph.D. researcher under W. Ernst at Humboldt University Berlin.
  • Martin Howse (DE) is an artist/programmer and theorist, born in 1969 in the UK; educated at Goldsmiths College Fine Art London 1989 and based in Berlin. Martin Howse has exhibited, performed and collaborated worldwide using custom, open software and hardware modules for data/code processing and generation.

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