Apr 19, 2013
Official info about Sympatykotonia:
Sympatykotonia is an interactive installation based on the phenomenon of biofeedback - the relation between living plants and their surroundings. The project is a sound and visual endeavour to visualize data which is generated by organisms during their life (the visualizations are based on mathematical algorithms attempting to reproduce plants’ morphology). There are many plant characteristics which we are able to measure electronically, for instance salinity of soil in which they grow, concentration of carbon dioxide in their environment or electrical resistance. The last feature was a starting point to design a complex system of interactions between organisms. By approaching and touching the plants, the participants of the installation can modulate their internal processes, actively affecting biochemical and bioelectrical levels in the system. The interaction can lead to the sympathicotonia of both organisms, i.e. a condition of increased tension, quickened pulse and hyperactivity. Spheres traditionally assigned separately to humans, plants and technology start to interpenetrate, creating deeply combined, affective circulation.
Apr 19, 2013
Yesterday's talk about data visualization ended in official start of newest project that I'm involved in called datamotion, we presented first beta version of generative Poznań events map called Hello Poznań!. We'll try to share as much as we can about this project (including presentation slides, blog posts and code), and more projects are coming!
For now, you can follow datamotion on facebook.
2/3 of datamotion team
Data Visualization Talk
Apr 8, 2013
Together with Tomasz Gęstwicki I'll be talking about data visualization this thursday in CK Zamek in Poznań. I'll share some thoughts about software, and present new project that I'm involved in called datamotion!
More info soon...
MicroTones updated to v1.2
Apr 8, 2013
MicroTones was rewritten from scratch, new version brings full support for new devices (including iPhone 5 and iPad mini), improved sound engine, background audio and more!
"Out Of Forgetting" re-released on Audiobulb
Feb 22, 2013
Feb 11, 2013
MoodPortrait is result of my recent tinkering with Arduino. I’ve made simple galvanic skin response reader (used for example in polygraphs) and visualisation in Cinder library, reacting to users mood.
Although this video is little out of sync I think it gives quite good idea of how this looks.
Dec 21, 2012
Scary Playgrounds is new compilation from Few Quiet People featuring multiple artists associated with the label, and new, previously unreleased track by me called From Falling.
How How Remixed EP
Nov 23, 2012
My remix of How How's track Ninja’s Calm was released today as part of free Remixed EP.
From Scattered Accidents
Oct 30, 2012
"12th December 2010, Oldest sound, broken piano key…."
"From Scattered Accidents" is the first Kitchen. Label release from Polish multimedia artist Szymon Kaliski, who has up till now released 3 well-received albums by international critics. Known for combining lo-fi techniques with new digital technologies in exploration of for individual methods of expression, compositions are always borne of acoustic sounds which are then looped, decayed and reconstructed digitally through his own self-made software and unique hardware.
"From Scattered Accidents" centers around the themes of imperfection and fleeting phenomena. Recording began in the Winter of 2010, and the album chronologically documents his creative process over a year. Preferring to pick up anomalies in his recordings which arose from the process of constructing his acoustic loops or curated set of found sounds, a single key on a broken piano with its patina and wear was picked up as one of the few working materials. The young artist then meticulously crafted a world around it and allowed accidental collisions to occur till the arrangement seemed to quiver naturally on its own. This study of flawed beauty and quietude echoes the distinctly Japanese pantheon of Wabi-Sabi. Two collaborations precede, featuring prodigious young composer Peter Broderick on violin and Aaron Martin on cello who add variation in harmonics and dynamic ranges as well as the heightening of emotion and scenic intensity of this work.
"From Scattered Accidents" resonates a form of pastoral decay amidst the city dross, filled with cracks suspended in slowed down soundscapes. Accompanying the tracks are 16 pages of monochrome photography by Jan Hoffman, who has captured the desolate side of urban life and the lesser-seen parts of Paris from odd angles. To paraphrase Baudelaire’s observations on the city – absolute and eternal beauty are but an abstract notion, creamed off from the general surface of different types of beauty, and Parisian life is rich in poetic and wonderful subjects saturating us like the atmosphere but we fail to see it. These images have become a representation of memories fractured and broken in parallel to Szymon’s sound craft, and as part of the sound and visual diary the latter has kept over the period of time.
Szymon lets his subtly shifting textures flow on their own unhurriedly, almost with an organic sense of timing, and they seem to take us through scenes of smoke-filled rooms, the aroma of coffee on rainy days or the fragmented conversations of strangers dissolving into distant chatter. Evoking sentiments of desolation and solitude in the context of urban pastoralism. Ricks Ang, the curator of Kitchen. Label, and also one-half of ASPIDISTRAFLY, masters the final work. "From Scattered Accidents" is destined to pique the interest of listeners of Tim Hecker, Chihei Hatakeyama, Andrew Chalk and the early works of label mate FJORDNE.