the rhythms of electromagnetic emissions, their psychogeophysics and micrological auscultation


Almost any electronic gadget can be transformed into an audible and sometimes rhythmical sound object. “Detektors” is firstly (A) a cartography of user-generated geolocational sound recordings, logs and walks, which reveal hidden electromagnetic geographies of our urban areas and secondly (B) a database and catalog of sonic studies of electromagnetic emissions produced by our everyday electronic devices.

“Detektors” is an open, collaborative project which uses sonic strategies and DIY-devices to make audible the hidden infoscapes of our time. The presentation will show data, recordings and cartographies of different spectral ecologies and trans-sonic machinic assemblages. is initiated by Martin Howse and Shintaro Miyazaki.

Google Maps API Programming: Yoshito Maeoka.

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Saul Albert is a researcher in QMUL's Cognitive Science research group.

Research topic: Accounting for taste: aesthetic assessment in conversation

The intuition that aesthetic responses are ’subjective’, individual reactions to specific sensory stimuli often motivates research into the neural, cognitive or physiological underpinnings of aesthetic response. However, these approaches often ignore the wealth of information about people’s aesthetic responses available in social interactions and conversations around viewing or discussing artworks. This research uses Conversation Analytic techniques to explore the ways in which aesthetic assessments are accomplished in conversation, focussing on a corpus of natural conversational fragments between visitors, recorded during an exhibition at the Tate Modern gallery in London.