Sonic Web

Musical Portrait of the Internet Internet Archive, USA2017 to 2018

Sonic Web is an acoustic portrait of the Internet in eleven movements, created by New York-based composer Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky in close collaboration with the Internet Archive in San Francisco and Greg Niemeyer. The concert presents a sonification of the history of the internet, reflecting growth, disruption, crisis and transformation across 50 years of art, technology and networked culture in the Bay Area.

  • Collaborators: Dj Spooky aka Paul D. Miller, Andi Wong, Wendy Hanamura, Brewster Kahle
  • URL: sonicweb.org
  • Funders: Hewlett Foundation
  • News: Hewlett Backs Berkeley, UC Berkeley News, November 14, 2017

  • Supraliminal

    Complex Forms Arise from Simple Waves ZKM, GermanyMay, 2017

    Supraliminal celebrates a wave view of the world, where things and creatures are not defined by categories, but rather by the waves that give rise to living forms. Visually, supraliminal shows waves colliding graphically. In the existing supraliminal installation, viewers watch waves collide and produce new forms. In the supraliminal web app, users can design and launch multiple waves which produce both visual and sonic effects. As the simple waves collide, they produce more complex sounds and images. The resulting network of waves is a rich audiovisual landscape to explore, and perhaps a gateway to seeing things in waves.

  • Collaborators: Dj Spooky aka Paul D. Miller, Stephon Alexander
  • URL: supraliminal.org
  • Funders: Zentrum für Kunst und Medien, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Video Interview: Moving Ideas: Greg Niemeyer, May 2017

  • Sohosonus

    Musical Portrait of Sun Flares Berkeley Art Museum, USAJune 9, 2017

    The Sun rotates on its own axis faster at its equator (approximately 24.5 earth days) and slower at its poles (38 days). Sohosonus depicts this rotation and the spectacular carousel of sunflares observed over a period several Earth years from the SOHO satellite. The accompanying music is composed from the changing radiance of the Sun using sonification and electric cello improvisation. The video shows the sun's rotation over decades, and the application allows users to spin the sun at will.

  • Collaborators: Chris Chafe, John Granzow
  • Funders: Berkeley Art Museum
  • Video Documentation: BAM Full Concert, Sohosonus, June 9, 2017
  • URL: www.radioflux.org

  • gifCollider

    Layers of gif animations evoke digital collective memories

    GIF (Graphical Interchange Format) animations are the street art of the internet and the twitchings of our collective subconsious. Archive.org stores such gif animations in the millions so that future generations won't miss a single frame of the history of human consciousness as it emerged on the backlit glow of the browser nation. gifCollider, A public show of Niemeyer's attempt to digest this history ran from Oct. 25 to Oct. 28, 2016, at BAMPFA. The project was a collaboration with Olya Dubatova, Brewster Kahle, archive.org and many others. It now continues at the Magnes Museum for Jewish Art and Life exhibition "The Power of Attention" , Berkeley CA, with "Night Vision", a version of gifCollider based on Zechariah 4.1. It will be on display through 2017.

    Click above to see and hear gifCollider Chapter 11, with music by Greg Niemeyer and Francesco Spagnolo.

    Click above to see and hear gifCollider Chapter 06, with music by Paz Lenchantin.


    Zero Point Nine

    Hearing-impared persons can feel the vibrations of this subsonic music instrument

    The climate story of our planet is recorded in ice over 800,000 years. The ice, over Lake Vostok in Antarctica, is 3 kilometers high. A core sample of this mighty sheet of ice produced important geophysics data. With Ice Core Walk, you can take an audio tour and virtually walk down the data from the ice core. Listen how the climate changed in the distant past, and how dramatically it changes right now. Each step equals about 100 years.

  • Collaborators: Chris Chafe, George Hilley, Liz Carlisle, Hannah Black, Philippe Tortell
  • URL: icecorewalk.org
  • Funders: Authors and Craigslist Chair for Media Innovation
  • News: Der Daten-Jongleur, Tages-Anzeiger, November 11, 2017

  • A Day in the Sun

    Hear a Carillon ring and play along with your cell phone.

    The climate story of our planet is recorded in ice over 800,000 years. The ice, over Lake Vostok in Antarctica, is 3 kilometers high. A core sample of this mighty sheet of ice produced important geophysics data. With Ice Core Walk, you can take an audio tour and virtually walk down the data from the ice core. Listen how the climate changed in the distant past, and how dramatically it changes right now. Each step equals about 100 years.

  • Collaborators: Chris Chafe, George Hilley, Liz Carlisle, Hannah Black, Philippe Tortell
  • URL: icecorewalk.org
  • Funders: Authors and Craigslist Chair for Media Innovation
  • News: Der Daten-Jongleur, Tages-Anzeiger, November 11, 2017

  • Gnosisong

    Hear a Carillon ring and play along with your cell phone.

    The climate story of our planet is recorded in ice over 800,000 years. The ice, over Lake Vostok in Antarctica, is 3 kilometers high. A core sample of this mighty sheet of ice produced important geophysics data. With Ice Core Walk, you can take an audio tour and virtually walk down the data from the ice core. Listen how the climate changed in the distant past, and how dramatically it changes right now. Each step equals about 100 years.

  • Collaborators: Chris Chafe, George Hilley, Liz Carlisle, Hannah Black, Philippe Tortell
  • URL: icecorewalk.org
  • Funders: Authors and Craigslist Chair for Media Innovation
  • News: Der Daten-Jongleur, Tages-Anzeiger, November 11, 2017

  • San Leandro Lights (Data Pawns)

    Cinematic Lighting for Sidewalks 2014-2017

    In 2012, with a grant from the UC Office of the President, Greg Niemeyer developed a novel peer-to-peer gallery evaluation system for teaching Humanities courses online. The resulting tools, now called C Suite, are used in online courses throughout the UC System. One aspect of the tool suite is the Engagement Index, which tracks studet efforts in posting artworks and gaining feedback from peers. Points for interactions are tracked reciprocally so both reviewer and reviewee score Engagement Index points for a comment posted by a reviewer. Collaborators in this project include John Scott and the amaziong staff at UC Berkeley Educational Technology Services. The tools are compatible with Canvas, and are available by agreement from UC Berkeley. C Suite is still in active development, with new versions every 12 months.

    Ice Core Walk

    Walking Tour of 800,000 years of Climate History June 2017 to present

    The climate story of our planet is recorded in ice over 800,000 years. The ice, over Lake Vostok in Antarctica, is 3 kilometers high. A core sample of this mighty sheet of ice produced important geophysics data. With Ice Core Walk, you can take an audio tour and virtually walk down the data from the ice core. Listen how the climate changed in the distant past, and how dramatically it changes right now. Each step equals about 100 years.

  • Collaborators: Chris Chafe, George Hilley, Liz Carlisle, Hannah Black, Philippe Tortell
  • URL: icecorewalk.org
  • Funders: Authors and Craigslist Chair for Media Innovation
  • News: Der Daten-Jongleur, Tages-Anzeiger, November 11, 2017

  • Tsar Bell

    World's Largest Bell Brought Back to Life by FEM 2015 to present

    In conjuction with novel UC Online course offerings, Greg Niemeyer developed a new course engaging ethical questions about the collection, dissemination and analysis of personal and environmental data. One of the first UC Berkeley courses to be offered online only via uconline, it emphasizes human expereience over efficiency as it leverages the unique online teahcing format as a theme for the core question of the course: How do people form communities online, and who benefits from online data.

    State Change

    Climate Change from Scientific and Native Americans Persectives June 2016

    Natural Frequencies

    Seismic activity at the core of Sather Tower rings over rooftops.

    The climate story of our planet is recorded in ice over 800,000 years. The ice, over Lake Vostok in Antarctica, is 3 kilometers high. A core sample of this mighty sheet of ice produced important geophysics data. With Ice Core Walk, you can take an audio tour and virtually walk down the data from the ice core. Listen how the climate changed in the distant past, and how dramatically it changes right now. Each step equals about 100 years.

  • Collaborators: Chris Chafe, George Hilley, Liz Carlisle, Hannah Black, Philippe Tortell
  • URL: icecorewalk.org
  • Funders: Authors and Craigslist Chair for Media Innovation
  • News: Der Daten-Jongleur, Tages-Anzeiger, November 11, 2017

  • Polar Tide 2.0, Interactive Carillon

    Flooded Shores Around the World Triggering Bell Alarms May 2013

    The climate story of our planet is recorded in ice over 800,000 years. The ice, over Lake Vostok in Antarctica, is 3 kilometers high. A core sample of this mighty sheet of ice produced important geophysics data. With Ice Core Walk, you can take an audio tour and virtually walk down the data from the ice core. Listen how the climate changed in the distant past, and how dramatically it changes right now. Each step equals about 100 years.

  • Collaborators: Chris Chafe, George Hilley, Liz Carlisle, Hannah Black, Philippe Tortell
  • URL: icecorewalk.org
  • Funders: Authors and Craigslist Chair for Media Innovation
  • News: Der Daten-Jongleur, Tages-Anzeiger, November 11, 2017

  • Polar Tide, Venice Biennale, Maldives Pavillion

    Flooded Shores Around the World Triggering Bell Alarms May 2013

    The climate story of our planet is recorded in ice over 800,000 years. The ice, over Lake Vostok in Antarctica, is 3 kilometers high. A core sample of this mighty sheet of ice produced important geophysics data. With Ice Core Walk, you can take an audio tour and virtually walk down the data from the ice core. Listen how the climate changed in the distant past, and how dramatically it changes right now. Each step equals about 100 years.

  • Collaborators: Chris Chafe, George Hilley, Liz Carlisle, Hannah Black, Philippe Tortell
  • URL: icecorewalk.org
  • Funders: Authors and Craigslist Chair for Media Innovation
  • News: Der Daten-Jongleur, Tages-Anzeiger, November 11, 2017