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