“If you posted the most incredible story — literally, the most incredible story that has ever been told since people have had the ability to tell stories, it will never, ever get as many hits as a video of a cat with a moustache.”
Jagannathan Sampath –
Din is Noise
Software is the only medium, and it never dies. Beyond the utilitarian view of computer programming and into the courageous artistic possibilities opened by mathematics, we find Jagannathan Sampath, a self-described programmer and author of Din is Noise, a musical instrument for Windows, Mac OS X and GNU/Linux. It allows you to use your mouse and keyboard to make high quality music. Din is inspired by central-Asian bowed string instruments like the Morin Khuur, the Kobyz, the Erhu, the Kamancheh, the Sarangi, and the Cello.
stress.fm caught up with Jagannathan Sampath in Caldas da Rainha, where the artist presented his work at ESAD, the local arts University. We talked about audio software, computer programming, new literacies, the mobile phone expansion in countries like India, music, education, and the inscrutable mysteries of bot politics.
Check out Din is Noise at dinisnoise.org
Watch the promo video for the talk here
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“Suppose that the NSA was acquired by Google, let’s say, and suppose that Microsoft, Facebook, Apple and Amazon pooled all their databanks, maybe through legislative fiat, or through open-source… And then we spiced-up that huge Cloud of Big Data, with some massive real-time data flows from “smart cities” and “wearables"… And then we attacked that amorphous post-mediated mass with Siri, and Watson, and such… Well, that would no longer be "media.” That would be something very sci-fi, very “ubiquitous computing,” very pervasive and ambient.”
“Poetry is already gone. We don’t miss it any more than those un-novelled societies miss novels. That’s a major cultural loss we’ve already experienced through media transition.”
“All human artifacts, below the skin or above them, are frozen social relationships.”