[rohrpost] 5th of September (SUNDAY) at 18:00 (6 p.m.), oscillation series. sonic theories and practices - NO. 1

Shintaro Miyazaki miyazaki.shintaro at gmail.com
Mit Sep 1 11:30:58 CEST 2010

oscillation series. sonic theories and practices - NO. 2
date: 5th of September 2010, Sun, 6pm.
title: Sonic Archeology?
with: Shintaro Miyazaki and Martin Howse (moderated by Jan Thoben)
place: General Public, Schönhauser Allee 167c, Berlin.

Talks will be in english language

After the first session the 2nd session will dedicate itself to “Sonic  

Abstract Shintaro Miyazaki: [Trans]-Sonic Archeology of Computational  
On 27th of Sept. 2007 a secret 1972 paper from the National Security  
Agency’s in-house journal Cryptologic Spectrum with the title  
“TEMPEST: A Signal Problem” was declassified. “To state the general  
problem in brief: Any time a machine is used to process classified  
information electrically, the various switches, contacts, relays, and  
other components in that machine may emit radio frequency or acoustic  
energy.” Trans-sonic archeology as a method of a sonic theory can be  
useful for understanding our everyday informational devices, which  
store, transmit and manipulate information. Two opposed methods are  
suggested by the contributor. Firstly a hardware based and secondly a  
software based method for investigating important affective, tactile,  
mental and rhythmical effects of those technologies. Both methods will  
be explained shortly after introducing to the audience the general  
concepts of such a sonic archeology.

Profile of Shintaro Miyazaki: born 1980 in Berlin. Grew up in Basle,  
Switzerland and studied Media Theory, Musicology and Philosophy at  
University of Basle, Humboldt University Berlin, Technical University  
Berlin and Free University of Berlin, M.A. in Basle 2007. Since summer  
2007 he is an independent PhD Researcher at the Chair for Media Theory  
of Humboldt University Berlin (Wolfgang Ernst).

Description of artistic project “Psychogeophysics: archaeology,  
geophysics and psychogeography” by Martin Howse:

“The pick was [then] used to hammer on the surface, and by this means,  
the Angle Ditch was discovered. The sound produced by hammering on an  
excavated part is much deeper than on an undisturbed surface, a  
circumstance worth knowing when exploring a grass-grown  
downland,though not applicable to cultivated ground.” [Augustus Pitt  
Rivers. Excavations in Cranborne Chase. Volume IV. 1895]

The relation between such techniques of archaeological prospecting and  
TEMPEST, the study of compromising emissions (including sound), can  
easily be made with both interventions pointing towards a certain  
revealing of that which is. In highly paranoiac manner,  
psychogeophysics seeks to expand the terms of this simple equation to  
embrace psychogeography and urbanism, proposing an exchange between  
imaginary realms, the digital and the observed, which allows for  
speculative notions such as data sedimentation or for the application  
of techniques including those of version control to urban locales.  
Martin Howse will present and demonstrate a short series of  
psychogeophysical investigations and interventions with particular  
attention to the epistemic aspects of sound.

Profile of Martin Howse
is an artist/programmer and theorist, born 1969 in the UK, educated  
Goldsmiths College of Fine Art London, 1989 and based in Berlin.  
Martin has exhibited, performed and collaborated worldwide using  
custom, open source software and hardware modules for data/code  
processing and generation.

More: http://sonictheory.com/