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Warscape Sonata in LAC2012 at Stanford
This is an on-site project for the Stanford University CCRMA's Listening Room: it will stream randomly 3 different playlist from around, above and below to create a 22 channel sonic experience.
Warscape Sonata is a sound art production that remixes information related to the drug war in Mexico.
RSS news channels, microblogging hashtags, and viral videos are used as sources for an electronic registry of the historic moment of militarized Mexico.
Warscape Sonata also highlights the way in which Mexico's civilian population experiments with information technologies to confront propaganda, social control and fear.
The information obtained from these sources is manipulated by free software to extract sound archives which are then used to create a noise musical structure that places aesthetic emphasis on the media aspect of the war.
For example, Twitter messages about shootouts in progress have become commmon. On YouTube, one can find videos of armed confrontations, interrogations of cartel members, murders or messages from paramilitaries.
This use of the internet within a wartime context is generating interesting forms of digital culture which are the basis of the Warscape Sonata artistic project.
Promotional video: http://youtu.be/gF7IdBirsIc
Details of the event : http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/03/20/18709724.php
Crowdfunding campaign: http://www.goteo.org/project/warscape-sonata