For their web residency project Soil Seed Bank, sound producer and listener kirby will create »an algorithmic browser composition combining audio and creative code to listen with the presence of colonizing plants.« Soil Seed Bank sonically maps the lively activities performed by adventive plants in the inner West of Naarm, and therefore contemplates varieties and plants which were not originally local. They also address the fact that the foreign plants undergo a process of transformation when introduced into a new environment.
kirby/Local Time, Naarm, Wurundjeri Country, »Australia« — Jul 13, 2023
Soil Seed Bank by Local Time is an algorithmic browser composition combining audio and creative code to listen with the presence of colonizing plants in the artists’ local neighborhood (»Footscray« and the inner West of Naarm, Wurundjeri Country).
»This is a continuation of my ongoing experimental process of audio-recording seeds from introduced/adventive species such as long-headed poppies, honey locust, artichoke thistles and agapanthus. I plan to use the web residency period to programmatically compose these samples using ToneJS and the WebAudio API. Growth stages of each plant (dormancy, germination, growth, flowering, seed maturation, and dispersal) and climactic data (from JS libraries like SunCalc and APIs like Open Weather and iNaturalist) will be used as parameters to control when and how each species is audible, and their voice/s in the composition – building an imagined soundscape of local temporalities through the framework of a soil seed bank.«
kirby/Local Time, Naarm, Wurundjeri Country, »Australia«
Web Resident, July – September 2023
kirby is a fledgling. They garden, listen, and learn in Wurundjeri Country. kirby’s ecological listening project Local Time combines field recording and experimental web development to explore more-than-human neighborhood entanglements. They are a caretaker of Avantwhatever.net server residencies, and have contributed to and collaborated on various web, broadcasting, and podcasting projects.
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