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The Sound of Data: Creative musicians wanted for a special project

Ever tried to make music out of traffic data? If not, now is your chance! Including a live performance at the Rockhal. The FNR & partners in The Sound of Data are launching an artist-in-residency programme at the Rocklab of the Escher Rockhal. Deadline to apply is 6 May 2022.

Mentored by experts such as Valery Vermeulen, the participants selected for this residency will participate in a series of workshops, classes, and creative sessions, where they will be introduced to data sonification, learn to work with it and use it to compose, and then present their results on stage at the Rockhal on 3 December. Other live acts on that night will include Valery Vermeulen and British music producer and DJ Max Cooper.

Participants should be a tad adventurous and, above all, open-minded. Because in The Sound of Data project, the approach to music is quite funky. Music is not played according to notes but based on data collected by scientists from different fields. This includes traffic and historical data, Covid-related data, data collected from 3D body scans as well as crowd-sourced art data.  Valery Vermeulen, mathematician, and musician from Belgium as well as pioneer in the field of data sonification , transforms this data into musical building blocks. And then things are getting exciting. The next step is to look for musicians who can compose with these building blocks.


How to get involved

The following materials are needed for the submission:

A filled-out application form. In this application form you need to indicate the following:
• Music Streaming Links (or mp3) of up to 3 of your musical works or tracks (released or unreleased)
• List of past live performances and video links to a live performance (if existing)
• Short Bio or EPK (Electronic Press Kit), photo
• Not mandatory but a plus: Please indicate if you have basic skills in DAW’s and music software (Ableton, Logic, Max MSP etc.)
• Let us know what motivates you to participate in the project (max. 1.500 characters)
• Your primary music genre

About The Sound of Data

A joint project of FNR, Rockhal, LIST and University of Luxembourg transforms scientific data into music in an innovative and experimental approach with the help of data sonification. The aim of the Esch2022 project is to bring the worlds of music and science together at Belval.