About the soundwork from "the fabric of everyday life"
I am happy to join the ELO2020 Performance track, with a soundwork from "the fabric of everyday life", my aleatoric poem that explores both the creative possibilities and the "big brother" overtones of ubiquitous computing technologies -- allowing, if the reader generates several versions, multiple interpretations. Within this framework, both the unpredictable juxtaposition of wired and unwired objects and the aleatory questions (such as "where is the sound of the modem?") situate "the fabric of everyday life" in an era of changing technologies.
The title of the poem is a phrase from Mark Weiser’s classic paper, "The Computer for the 21st Century". (Scientific American, 265:3, September 1991. pp. 94-104), where he wrote:
"The most profound technologies are those that disappear. They weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they are indistinguishable from it."
It should be noted that in addition to primary researcher work in the field, (for instance, the wireless chalk is taken from "The Computer for the 21st Century"), some of the wired objects in the poem could be created with artists’ "Internet of things" uses of Arduino.
The windchimes soundwork was suggested by a variable that I wrote in the code. Like the chimes, it represents, "The windchimes play sonorously in different keys" is a fleeting work that should be played and replayed. And every generated "play" will be different because only sound from the variables that the code generates is heard.
Because some of the variables do not contain sound, once in a while the windchimes are silent or play only briefly. Additionally, some contemporary browsers restrict autoplay or ask that the user oks it. On my Windows10 system, this work autoplays on Firefox, Edge, and Chrome, but sometimes it is necessary to choose "Play the windchimes again?" to activate it.