I am sitting in a machine – Hearing the science of digitisation

Created by Martin Backes, 'I am sitting in a machine' is a two part work algorithmic work consisting of a limited edition (30 unit) dubplate vinyl and a webpage. The work begins with a recording of an artificial human voice reciting a text which is then run through an MP3 encoder over and over again. With each iteration of the loop, one may hear the artefacts of the encoding process reinforcing themselves and gradually distorting the artificial human voice by revealing its data format. The final result is 32 tracks selected from 3000 successive iterations of the 128 kbps 44.1 kHz MP3 encoding available on the website and as vinyl.

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