…in which we prepare our statement for posterity.
The following was cross-posted to the SoundWalk 2011 artists’ pages.
wikiGong is a collective dedicated to cataloging the sounds of large public structures for creative purposes such as assembling virtual instruments. Our guiding metaphor is the large Indonesian gamelan ensemble—the gong gede—each of which is tuned around its own unique, stationary, and finely crafted gong ageng—the large gong, which provides the communal heartbeat. Our leap of faith: civil engineering produces artifacts akin to the gong gede, reflecting both the scale of our collective will and our sense of culture, community, and history, a glimpse of the Zeitgeist. Our ongoing mission: to mine and expose the timbral content of these structures as data sets, presenting it in the guise of musical instruments for re-use, improvisation, enjoyment, and evolution.
wikiGong is an ongoing collaboration devoted to performance as an artifact of exploration and discovery: an event you stumble on at the intersection of music, art, and technology; a found instrument hundreds of strangers can play at once; a script written in ice, turning to fog halfway through Act II. Our offering for SoundWalk 2011, Mission Control/imaginary voices, is an interactive performance inspired by humanity’s first fifty years in space, our soon-to-be bygone Space Age. Audience contributions will be solicited for live broadcast, providing the Gods of Internet Technology can be propitiated in proper season.
- Dave Ayer—situational architecture
Prior to launching wikiGong.com in 2009, Dave built sound sculpture and helped found and retire the 1980’s DIY band The Potato Engineers.
- Rebecca Ayer—virtuosic musical gestures, melody, and memorabilia
Rebecca is a music educator and performer who frequently collaborates on works by sound artist Dave Ayer.
- Jacob Dickinson—navigation, narrative, daguerreotypes
Jacob's search for a digital/physical media sweet spot in photography and printmaking informs his contributions to wikiGong.com and ccMixter.org. He is CTO of Ecologico-Logic and founding partner of Sprezza Consulting.
wikiGong sounds like:
- The Dream West
An excerpt from studio sessions preparatory to our SoundWalk 2010 exhibit, the Dream West is the third section of So No Gram, an audio portrait of California.
- Song 02 for Joseph B Strauss
A bit of serendipity arising from the tedium of porting sounds to our sampling synthesizer, three one-minute samples from our Golden Gate Bridge assay 2 were used to generate MIDI tracks, then looped and transmitted in turn to several synths to create the different voices.
wikiGong is on the web at:
Sound (cc)BY-SA 2009, 2010 D A Ayer.