Monday, 22 November 2010

wifi music

When we walk in the city, we don't only see the street view but also hear the sound from cars, pedestrians, broadcast in the underground, and the river beating the bankside. Because we usually daily routines, we may hear the same or similar sound every day. The sounds compose our personal theme songs. We share some common sounds and the they become our collective memory; at the same time, every song is distinctive and represents our life. Wi-Fi networks are popular in our cities and they are the silent sounds in our environments. I record the Wi-Fi access points I passed and transformed their identifier codes to notes. Because the black and white keys of piano are similar to the zero/one in digital world, I chose piano as the instrument to play the notes. My Wi-Fi songs are both contemporary and classical music to make sounds for the silent but salient urban infrastructures.

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