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Cybersonica 05 / Encompass

The 28th and 29th of April saw the 4th Cybersonica festival at the Science Museum's Dana Center. The event brought together a diverse range of symposia, ranging from Golan Levin's Manual Input performance, Stanza and SoundToys, to a huge range of interactive installations and sound pieces from both up-and-coming artists and established groups.

We met some interesting people, from other artists with whom we would love to collaborate, to wildly enthusiastic visitors. Someth;ng's participation involved the comission of three new pieces: HeadSpin, Midi Balls and the Audio Sphere. The works were distributed across the whole building for maximal Someth;ng effect; the Midi Balls were on the airy top floor where light conditions best suited the application, while the Headspin, a psychoacoustic washing machine, cried out for the public space in the center of the first floor, where a circular sitting area demanded that visitors prostated themselves before the machine. The Audio Sphere, our third piece, was on the balcony aside the cafˆà, a leisurely if noisome location that nevertheless suited the ambient nature of the device. All pieces were well-received and earned traditional press coverage on "British Satellite News", and new-fangled blogshare on the ubiquitous "we make money not art" (dot com).

The latter part of the Cybersonica tour took place at the Old Truman Brewery, lasting till the start of May. However, the combination of the speaker expo of Encompass with the fragile experimental work of Cybersonica lead to an unfortunate flatlining of many a microphone input, but otherwise the event lead to a fruitful crossover of commercial and experimental exhibitors and visitors alike. We look forward to participating at Cybersonica 06, and would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to Lewis Sykes and all who contributed to a vibrant and stimulating event.

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