A little sonic cartography for your Friday listening pleasure. Ever wanted to know what the elevation of a trip from Tokyo to Rome sounds like, curious as to what satellite paths sound like…head over to g-turns.com to get an idea. The site takes elevation data and uses it like a vinyl record, so that the hills and valleys represent the grooves in a record creating the sound. You can subscribe to their podcast to listen to daily samples. Really cool. The other part of the site is the great ‘hardware’ that they offer and the numbers sold…you have to love the tongue in cheek hullabaloo. My favorite so far, the podcast based on SPOT flight path, would be a great bass track for an electronic song.
The New Climates project is a cool example of the use of New Media to create and disseminate artwork that explores the relationship between art, global climate change and networked culture. Contributing artists post short videos on subjects related to the theme of the project and, even though the site just launched, there are already some interesting contributions, including The Queensbridge Wind Power Project, that presents a hypothetical example of using windmills on top of a bridge in NYC, and N., which looks at the issue of warming in the Arctic through visualizations and sound bytes.
So, if you are interested in how New Media art can explore and inform issues related to global climate change, definitely check out New Climates.