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Semiconductor: 20 Hz — Shocklee Entertainment Universe ● The Future Frequency

Semiconductor: 20 Hz

Brighton-based artist duo Semiconductor, have put together this hypnotic piece of work called 20 Hz which shows the relationship between radio waves and sound. It was co-commissioned by Arts Santa Monica and Lighthouse for the exhibition Invisible Fields which is showing at Arts Santa Monica in Barcelona, Spain through March 4, 2012.

20 Hz is a 5 minute video which uses data collected by the CARISMA radio array. CARISMA [Canadian Array for Realtime Investigations of Magnetic Activity] is an array of magnetometers which study the Earth’s magnetosphere. 20 Hz is an interpretation of a magnetic storm occurring in the Earth’s upper atmosphere. The CARISMA data – captured at the frequency of 20 Hertz – is interpreted as audio, allowing us to hear the “tweets” and “rumbles” caused by the interaction of solar wind with the Earth’s magnetosphere. The visual element of the film is generated directly by the sound. Tangible and sculptural forms emerge suggestive of scientific visualisations. As different frequencies interact both visually and aurally, complex patterns emerge to create interference phenomena that probe the limits of our perception.

This one’s certainly worth the HD load time and proper sound experience.

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