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Tectonic includes 57 minutes of real-time earthquake sonifications. This compilation brings together a selection of content generated from April 15th until June 28th 2010. All sounds have been synthesized on a Symbolic Sound Kyma system with the Pacarana Sound Computation Engine.

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Tectonic is created in realtime by earthquakes as they occur across the globe. A tightly integrated system between Max/MSP, Google Earth and Symbolic Sound's Kyma processes earthquake data that is translated into sound synthesis parameters. A USGS XML feed is parsed into numerous fields including magnitude, elevation, time of day and geographical coordinates. These data are mapped to synthetic spectrums and processed by granular, aggregate and subtractive synthesis.


released July 28, 2016


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Micah Frank Brooklyn, New York

Micah Frank is a Brooklyn based electronic music and sound artist. Much of his work incorporates field recordings, hand-built software and real-time synthesis techniques.

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