Music from Airport Anxiety (MP3)

A sonic travel advisory by Mikah Frank


Anxiety can be self-evident or subliminal, and in either case the essential tension is underlying — not an explicit likelihood but an implicit one. Micah Frank knows something about the way that sonification can, so to speak, amplify the information intrinsic in data, having himself taken data of an earthquake and turned its fierce metrics into noise. More recently, his “Granular Curtis Airport Security at JFK International Airport” appears to use narrow-band filtration, eking out tiny slivers of noise, as a means to investigate the mix of mundanity and tension that characterize the experience of submitting to the transit authority:

Track originally posted for free download at More from Frank, who’s based in Brooklyn, New York, at and (Image from

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