I Can't Tell If You're Coming Or Going

by The Chime

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These 14 tracks are unique performances of a single composition, titled "I Can't Tell If You're Coming Or Going" as interpreted at various locations and times by a sensor based environmental recorder I have called The Chime.

Video documentation can be found at www.marcdepape.net

Inspired by Georg Simmel’s notion of the Blasé (an indifference towards the difference between things), I set out to explore the relationship between sensing technology and the routines of everyday life. I feel the city is all too commonly represented by abstract systems and maps, a tendency driven by a reductionist pursuit of efficiency, and one which ignores the idiosyncrasies occurring on street level. This is the noise in the system, the richness that ultimately renders cities generative landscapes. I thus set out to bring attention to the noise by building a musical instrument inspired by wind chimes: The Chime is a collection of 18 sensors measuring 27 parameters assembled to poetically translate the impulses and flows of the everyday city into sound.

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released May 11, 2013

Programmer/Composer: Marc De Pape

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