Twittering Machines

Sonica 2019

The word ‘tweet’ is perhaps starting to be more associated with technological communication than the natural association with birdsong: its meaning may be under threat, just as the habitats of birds are threatened by humans. Kathy Hinde responds to this double dilemma with Twittering Machines, which renders John Keats’s Ode to a Nightingale in Morse code, then uses multiple output devices to interfere with the transmission, simultaneously redoubling it and struggling to translate the bleeps back into recognisable language. Meanwhile, recordings of birdsong are treated to generate further distortions and interference. The effect is of a swirling, chattering dawn chorus of birdsong, real and artificial – a reminder of how technology can overrun the natural, and of what we stand to lose if it does.

“…the audience entranced as the song developed a danceable rhythm” Exclaim

Part of a Live Triple Bill with Myriam Boucher & Sabina Covarrubias

Devised & performed by: Kathy Hinde
Software programmed by: Matthew Olden

Developed at a Cryptic Cove Park Residency and premiered in 2019 at MUTEK Montréal, followed by the UK premiere at Sonica Glasgow and performances at Plums Fest Digital Check-in, NCCA & SA)) Gallery, Electromuseum, Moscow and NCCA, St Petersburg

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