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Living in Canada, the word "south" is often synonymous with the sun. South is the place where light and warmth come from. I set up my ELF (low frequency magnetic wave) receiver, pointed it at the sun at different times of the day, and made a series of short recordings of the resulting radiation patterns. The sounds are a blend of local and distant magnetic mutterings that resemble a science-fiction movie soundtrack from the 60s or 70s. I imagine this piece to be the soundtrack for a cinematic rendition of Valeri Briusov's "The Republic of the Southern Cross" (written in 1907) - a story about a fictitious and doomed social democracy located at the South Pole.
This sound piece was orchestrated by software - a generative "radio mixer" that creates a new version of the work every time it is played. I use this software in much of my radio work, and also to mix a four-hour late night weekly radio show (the absolute value of insomnia) on CITR FM in Vancouver.
You can listen to this piece on Bandcamp
Streamed for Art's Birthday January 15 - 17, 2014 on NoiseartRadio.