Mikromedas is a data-driven musical project in which compositions are elaborated using data stemming from space and deep space and astrophysical simulation models. The project originally started in 2014 as a work commissioned by the Dutch Electronic Art Festival (DEAF Festival) held in Rotterdam.
For the realisation of the project totally new approaches and visions are being developed how to use astrophysical data and models as new tools for artistic creation and live performance.
The project is presented under various thematic performance series. The current series are:
- OGLE2005BLG390Lb performance series (2014 – ongoing):
Theme of this series is a possible voyage from earth to the exoplanet OGLE2005BLG390Lb situated near the center of our Milky Way, Sagittarius A*
- AdS/CFT Performance Series (2019- ongoing)
Theme of this series is black hole astrophysics and study of regions with extreme gravitational fields
AdS/CFT Performance Series (2019- ongoing)
This performance series focuses on the quest for a general theory in physics that would unite both worlds of quantum physics and Einstein’s general theory of relativity. In the scientific community this quest gave rise to the fields of Quantum Gravity and the search for GUT (Grand Unified Theories). Both of these fields which play a central role in the practical realisation of this Mikromedas series. The practical elaboration of this series aims at the realization an sonic and musical experiences where various mathematical simulation models and the data they produce coming from Quantum Gravity and GUT are used as compositional instruments.
New ways will be explored to integrate various new emerging paradigms and phenomena. A key role in this series is played by black hole astrophysics,and the associated numerical simulation models of regions of extreme gravitational fields. But also other objects such as white holes, neutron stars, white dwarfs or ideas coming from various quantum gravity theories such as loop quantum gravity or holography are used for the realization of the several within the AdS/CFT Performance Series.
On a conceptual level the AdS/CFT Performance Series deliberately balances on the edge where scientific knowledge ends and a speculative vision of reality starts to emerge. This highly inspiring paradigm becomes more and more apparent in current state of the field of theoretical physic. Researchers working on quantum gravity provide a growing amount of mind bending models of reality that might never be tested by human endeavour. In this way a fictional reality is being created where scientific and artistic creativity seem more and more to collide.
The first piece within this series is entitled “Mikromedas Ads/CFT 001”. This piece is realized in co produced by Concertgebouw Brugge. A first screening of “Mikromedas Ads/CFT 001” was held Concertgebouw Brugge in collaboration with Berlin based Japanese artist Hiroshi Matoba.
Central focus of the “Mikromedas Ads/CFT 001” is the utmost fascinating world of astrophysical black holes. All music is produced using data stemming from numerical simulation models of astrophysical black holes and regions of strong gravitational fields.
The scientific aspect of the AdS/CFT Performance Series is elaborated in collaboration with several academic partners including the Department of Physics and Astronomy of Alabama University (US), the Institute for Theoretical Physics of KU Leuven (BE), the Centre for mathematical Plasma Astrophysics of KULeuven (BE), the Department of Mathematics-Computer Science of University of Antwerp (BE, quantum cosmologist Prof. Dr. Thomas Hertog, former colleague and long time collaborator of Stephen Hawking, Prof. Dr. Matthias Kaminski, Casey Cartwright (Phd Candidate), Dr. Ileyk El Mellah, Dr. Bart Ripperda, Dr. Fabio Bacchini and Prof. Dr. David Eelbode.
The album “Mikromedas Ads/CFT 001” has in meanwhile been signed to the record label Ash International (https://ashinternational.com/), subsidiary of Touch (https://touch33.net/). Publishing of the album is signed to Touch Music (https://touch33.net/touchmusic) and Fairwood Music (https://fairwoodmusic.com/). Release of the album is scheduled for december 2021.
You can listen to tracks of the “Mikromedas Ads/CFT 001” series via the soundcloud link underneath:
OGLE2005BLG390Lb performance series (2014 – ongoing):
This performance series was launched 2014 under the name of OGLE2005BLG390Lb. In this series focus is set on a sonic representation of a possible voyage from earth to the exoplanet OGLE2005BLG390Lb situated near the center of our Milky Way, Sagittarius A*.
For this series compositions are produced using sampled radio astronomical data coming from various sources e.g. data stemming from several spacecrafts such as Voyager1 and Voyager2 or data originating from various astrophysical objects such as pulsar stars which might be up to 22000 years old. Other sources that are used in the composition process include synthesized sounds as wel as data feeds from satellites turned into sound and music using newly developed sonification techniques. During live performances within these series the compositions are remixed as well as combined with the sonified live data feeds coming from various satellites revolving earth.
For more detailed info on this series click here.
Tracks of OLG2005BLG390Lb performance series:
Additional links for the Mikromedas project:
- https://www.facebook.com/mikromedas : Mikromedas facebook page
- https://www.valeryvermeulen.net/works/mikromedas/ : general Mikromedas web page
Techniques/software used in project: