This Week in Sound: Wiki Sonification, Rephlex Pharm …

Plus: anthropology, CC goes to MoMA, Tower doc

A lightly annotated clipping service:

— Wiki Radio: There’s a great example of data sonification in the Listen to Wikipedia project, which plays a tonal real-time score based on editorial occurrences reported in the site’s API, such as new members, new entries, and altered entries. The site recently added hashtags to the data that it parses for its sonic content:

— Cornwall Playa: Grant Wilson-Claridge of the Rephlex record label is following up the more famous half of the operation, Aphex Twin (Richard D. James), with a Kickstarter of his own. Wilson-Claridge is looking to raise $30,000 to fund a piece of British real estate for music and parties.

— Sound Studies: Lengthy, detailed interview with Holger Schulze, a professor at the University of Copenhagen, on the role of sound studies from an anthropological perspective. He talks about the need to document our current practices for future historians, the relation between sound studies and musicology, and his writings on aleatoric (chance-based) sound, among other topics:

— Commerce Clause: The Museum of Modern Art has added the double-c-circle logo of Creative Commons to its holdings. This makes one wonder how an institution purchases something that represents a new approach to copyright:

— Tower Power: There’s a new documentary about Tower Records, Colin Hanks’ All Things Must Pass, that just debuted at SXSW, and it’s getting some pretty solid reviews. I worked at Tower from 1989 through 1996 as an editor on its music magazine Pulse!, and on two additional magazines I helped found there, Classical Pulse! and epulse. I’m looking forward to seeing it.

This first appeared in the March 17, 2015, edition of the free Disquiet “This Week in Sound”email newsletter:

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