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Magnetic South
A generative radio piece by Absolute Value of Noise © 2013.

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


Produced for Radio Papesse as part of Süden Radio August 26th - September 8th, 2013.

Streamed for Art's Birthday January 15 - 17, 2014 on NoiseartRadio.


Powerline corona - May 2013.



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