Riding the Billion Hertz Sound Wave

An exploration of things heard and unheard

  • Static Chatter – Sound Installation

    Static Chatter – Sound Installation

    As part of Aalto Univeristy’s Pikku-ÄäniAalto festival, I created a sound installation at the Aalto Radio Observatory with Bespoke Realities Collective. Bespoke Realities Collective is Ava Grayson, Chris Bradburry, and myself. For the installation we experimented with sonifying signals in the 2 GHz domain, intercepting bluetooth and Wi-Fi signals before synthesizing them and projecting the…

  • lossyd


    What is Wi-Fi, ontologically speaking? The Gigahertz electromagnetic spectrum exists irrespective of human or technological intervention, but when the space is co-opted by human and technical actors, does it fundamentally change? What about the human and technical actors? When an assemblage of electronic components are organized in a way meant to transfer information along this…

  • Wi-Fi Sonification: the progenitor of lossyd

    Wi-Fi Sonification: the progenitor of lossyd

    “lossyd”, pronounced la-see-dee, is a speculative daemon that facilitates interactions between human and non-human entities. It is centered around the 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi Band and the data streams that traverse it. Lossyd was designed as a proof of concept using an RTL-SDR dongle and a bipolar antenna, about 6 cm long, to process recordings from…

  • VR Glove Synth

    VR Glove Synth

    This project explores the 2.4 GHz frequency spectrum through sound and touch. By sending potentiometer data from their fingers to SuperCollider, the wearer can control the sound. The potentiometer is a commonly used tool in musical applications and can easily be integrated into any code or patch with a few adjustments. The servo motors provide…

  • Living Still Life

    Living Still Life

    This project, supported by a grant from KulttuuriEspoo, explores the use of visual design principles in sound curation. The goal is to create a cohesive sound world, not relying on traditional musical composition theories. The author studied the transmission of sound through interior design materials, and based on this information and intuition, designed a “living…

  • Environmentally Reactive Sound Design

    Environmentally Reactive Sound Design

    I wrote my bachelor’s thesis on environmentally reactive sound design. As part of my thesis requirements, I created a proof-of-concept device to play music that adjusts itself automatically to changes in the environment.

  • modular synthesis

    modular synthesis

    A series of experiments with the MakeNoise Shared System. The Shared System is a modular synthesizer with sound sources such as analog oscillators, samplers based on a tape reel paradigm, and a self-oscillating reverb. A sequencer based on a 4×4 matrix helps create unusual passages. This system is based on design principles pioneered by Don…

  • (っ◔◡◔)っ B Dalton

    (っ◔◡◔)っ B Dalton

    Under the pseudonym B. Dalton, a series of mallsoft vaporwave albums were created to convey dismay at the corporate/capitalist takeover of American culture in the mid-1980s. The albums emphasized atmosphere, using mall ambient noise as the base layer and adding tape hiss for authenticity. The album “After the Dream Comes True” heavily samples from a…

  • House Practice

    House Practice

    The song first gained notoriety when it was used by NRK1 (Norwegian National Television) during coverage of the 2012 Summer Olympics. From there, it became a featured track on the long-running Polish serial M jak miłość.

  • Life is Random (2005)

    Life is Random (2005)

    Composed at the University of Illinois, this piece was met with divided opinions among the composition faculty. It is a unique composition that involves the use of four iPods, controlled by four performers, with the randomness set in motion by pressing “shuffle songs” on the main menu. The concept of time is explored on both…

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