Teaming up with Internet Archive and data artist Greg Niemeyer, Sonic Web is a multimedia hip hop concert experience about the history and exponential growth of the Internet. An exploration of network evolution, Sonic Web brings new, fresh perspectives on the 50-year evolution of information technology. Philosopher Marshall McLuhan said that the new media “works us over completely. It is so pervasive in its personal, political, economic, aesthetic, psychological, moral, ethical, and social consequences that it leaves no part of us untouched, unaffected, un-altered.”
DJ Spooky will create live loops and layers of sound and data visualizations using a one-of-a-kind touch screen instrument designed by Niemeyer. The hour-long experience will feature a local string ensemble and a narrator, resulting in a multi-sensory journey illuminating ever-present issues of inclusion and exclusion, echo chambers and small-world phenomena. A celebration of the history of the Internet, Sonic Web is a tribute to the depth and high stakes of free speech and creative expression involved in our daily use of media.
Commissioned by Internet Archive with major support from William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
“With everything he does, he recombines information so that he can make new points, get across new ideas. He hopes his work entertains -- and instructs.” - CNN
Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky
Composer, DJ, Multimedia Artist
Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky is a composer, multimedia artist and writer whose work immerses audiences in a blend of genres, global culture, and environmental and social issues. Miller’s work has appeared in the Whitney Biennial; The Venice Biennial for Architecture; the Ludwig Museum in Cologne; Kunsthalle, Vienna; The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, the Miami/Art Basel fair, and many other museums and galleries. Miller’s award-winning book “Rhythm Science” was published by MIT Press 2004, and was followed by “Sound Unbound,” an anthology about electronic music and digital media, in 2008. “The Book of Ice”, an experiential visual and acoustic portrait of the Antarctic, was published in 2011 by Random House. Miller has collaborated with a vast array of artists, ranging from Metallica to Chuck D; Steve Reich to Yoko Ono. His large scale, multimedia performance pieces include “Rebirth of a Nation,” “Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica,” which was commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music for the Next Wave Festival 2009, and “Seoul Counterpoint”, written during his residency at Seoul Institute of the Arts in 2014. Miller was the first Artist in Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he premiered his work “A Civil War Symphony” in 2013. In 2014, Miller was named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, an honor recognizing visionaries at the forefront of global problem solving. Current projects and recent releases include “Peace Symphony,” commissioned by UN Peace Boat, “Hidden Code,” a new planetarium show commissioned by Dartmouth College in collaboration with Museum of Science Boston, “Forest Symphony” commissioned by Oregon State University, the CD/DVD of “Rebirth of a Nation” on Cantaloupe Music, a new dancehall/reggae remix release from VP Records, and the publication of his fourth book “The Imaginary App” from MIT Press.
Data Artist, New Media Specialist
Born in Switzerland, Gregory Niemeyer studied Classics and Photography. He started working with new media when he arrived in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1992. He received his MFA from Stanford University in New Media in 1997. At the same time, he founded the Stanford University Digital Art Center. In 2001 he was appointed at UC Berkeley as a Professor for New Media in Art Practice. He co-founded and directed the Center for New Media, focusing on the critical analysis of the impact of new media on human experiences. His current work focuses on mediations between individuals, communities and environments: When do technologies dehumanize us, and when do they help us deepen human experiences? Gregory lives in Berkeley, California. He has three kids, runs every day and usually commutes to work by bike. His hobby is building furniture from reclaimed wood.
Founded in 1996 by Brewster Kahle, the Internet Archive is a San Francisco-based nonprofit digital library with the stated mission of universal access to all knowledge. It provides free public access to collections of digitized materials, including websites, software applications/games, music, movies/videos, moving images, and nearly three million public-domain books. As of October 2016, its collection topped 15 petabytes. In addition to its archiving function, the Archive is an activist organization, advocating for a free and open Internet. The Internet Archive allows the public to upload and download digital material to its data cluster, but the bulk of its data is collected automatically by its web crawlers, which work to preserve as much of the public web as possible. Its web archive, the Wayback Machine, contains over 308 billion web captures. The Archive also oversees one of the world's largest book digitization projects.
DJ Spooky and Greg Niemeyer have teamed up with Meyer Sound to create a multidimensional sound experience for Sonic Web. Meyer Sound Laboratories, based in Berkeley, California, manufactures self-powered loudspeakers, multichannel audio show control systems, electroacoustic architecture, and audio analysis tools for the professional sound reinforcement, fixed installation, and sound recording industries.
Technology / Visual Design
MEDIUM Labs is an innovative VR/Film production studio in downtown Boulder, Colorado. They combine live action, VFX, and VR into custom advertising, holograms, VR/AR apps and unique experiences for forward thinking global brands. Founded in 2014, MEDIUM Labs have strategic partnerships with HTC, Foundry, Unity, Unreal, and other leading VFX and VR companies.
Rika Iino, Producer, Sozo Artists
Annie March, Producer, Sozo Artists
Andi Fong, Project Manager, Internet Archive