Marvel Q Chris Black [seablack]

The source material for Marvel Q consists of electromagnetic activity caused by the interplay between a computer hard drive and numerous hacked analogue circuitry. A variety of transducers sensitive to the microscopic intricacies of electromagnetic interference were attached to the exterior surface of a laptop in order to detect the interior sound world of a computer in the act of processing data. These source sounds were then applied to a digital software program for intermediate processing. In the context of this composition glitch artifacts (in the form of white noise and iterative clicks and pops) are cherished as valued sound events and sound objects. Conceptually Marvel Q delights in the notion of an ‘expiring fidelity’. For the composer Marvel Q represents a commentary on the fragile nature of technological media and its inevitable passing into obsolescence.

Source: 2010

  • Year of composition: 2009
  • Genre: Sonic art
  • Hardware used: Laptop computer. A variety of hacked electronic circuitry. Piezo contact microphones
  • Software used: Logic Express 8
  • Duration of the submitted work: 9:07
  • Production: Home

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