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. The project is presented under various thematic performance series. Specific components and/or audio(visual) pieces within each series can hereby be realized in collaboration with various artists.
Ads/CFT Performance series (2019- ongoing)
This performance series focuses is set on today’s research in the field of theoretical physics and the resulting new paradigms and theories it poses. It is a focus that in essence can be formulated as the quest for a general theory that unites 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 will play a central role in the practical realisation of this Mikromedas series. The practical elaboration of this series aims at the realisation of an audiovisual experience where various mathematical simulation models and the data they produce coming from Quantum Gravity and GUT are used as compositional instruments for both sound and visuals.
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 the holography are used for the realization of the several audio(visual) pieces within the AdS/CFT performance series.
On a conceptual level the Ads/CFT 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, an audiovisual work entitled “Ads/CFT #001 Performance Series”, was co produced by Concertgebouw Brugge (BE) and presented at the Cosmos Festival in 2019 (https://www.concertgebouw.be/en/seismik-mikromedas). The visuals of this piece are elaborated by Berlin based Japanese multi media artist Hirochi Matoba.
Central focus of the #AdS/CFT #001 Performances Series” is the utmost fascinating world of astrophysical black holes. All music and visuals are hereby 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 #001 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.
Currently a new piece entitled “AdS/CFT #002 Performance Series” is being produced within this performance series. Central theme of this series are the search for quantum gravity and GUT (Grand Unified Theories), one of the unsolved central key issues in todays field of theoretical physics.The series is scheduled for late 2020.
Trailer of AdS/CFT #001 Performance Series:
Tracks of Ads/CFT Performance series:
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:
Ads/CFT Performance series:
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