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LOPEZ, FRANCISCO - Untitled (2017)

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Auf Abwegen AATP66
Release Year: 2019
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €13.00

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untitled#354 created from original environmental sound matter recorded worldwide between 1995 and 2016. This piece was commissioned by Snar Festival for their 2018 25th Anniversary project Snar Calling GJ273b (www.sonarcalling.com/en), in which they invited a few artists to create short audio pieces for outer space transmission.

Original liner notes:
The outer space transmission of a 10-second sound piece (digital audio file) to planet GJ 273 b of Luytens Star (12.5 light years from Earth) required dramatic levels of data compression: mono 8kHz 8-bit. Changes in resolution such as these, however, are not the only possible form of compression. The classic analog technique of pitch shifting by speeding up playback is, in a literal way, also a form of (relatively) reversible temporal compression.

Using this idea, I proceeded by: (1) creating a sound piece with 10x 1-minute sections from original environmental recordings I did in wilderness locations around the world [see timeline notes below]; (2) speeding up by pitch-shifting enough octaves to have those 10 minutes time-compressed into 10 seconds; (3) finally applying the required resolution compression for the transmission digital file. Interestingly, the resulting audio from this process distictively resembles signals from satellites and some celestial bodies, as received and heard from Earth.

If any intelligent beings in exoplanet GJ 273 b can receive, decode, make sense of, and reverse data compression of the audio digital file (by means of any equivalents of reconstruction algorithms or analytic inversion formulas in their culture), I am pretty sure they will easily figure out its time-compression reversibility. If they do and assuming they have the techno-anatomical/cognitive equivalents of D/A converters, amps, speakers, ears, and brains they will be able to have a sonic glimpse of Earths ecosystems and some of their non-human creatures (as of the turn of the 21st century; or 12.5 Earth-years into their past). This way, they will be able to make a more informed decision as to how to proceed.

untitled#354 Timeline:

00:00 Costa Rica Rainforest (Mesoamerican)
01:00 Peru Rainforest (Amazonian)
02:00 Argentina (Patagonia) Desert
03:00 Spain/Morocco (Chafarinas Islands) Ocean
04:00 South Africa Savanna
05:00 Nepal (Himalayas) High mountain
06:00 Myanmar Swamp
07:00 Malaysia (Borneo) Rainforest (Southeast Asian)
08:00 Japan Park
09:00 New Zealand Forest

untitled#357 created from original environmental sound matter recorded at Mmabolela Reserve (South Africa) during the Austral summer of 2017.
released March 8, 2019

Created in 2017 at mobile messor (Den Haag, Milano, Zurich, Cagliari, Copenhagen, Mmabolela) and Dune Studio (Loosduinen).
(c) francisco lpez 2017 www.franciscolopez.net
(p) AufAbwegen 2019 www.aufabwegen.de

Thanks to Barbara Ellison, Sergi Caballero, Enric Les Palau, Jorge Simonet and Pablo Blanco.