Jun
28
2009
<em>Hard Data</em>
 

R. Luke DuBois
Hard Data, 2009
Artwork website

Hard Data is a data-mining, sonification, and visualization project by R. Luke DuBois that uses statistics from the American military actions in Iraq as source material for a series of audiovisual compositions. Using Xenakis’ understanding of formalized music as a starting point, the composer uses a variety of statistical data ranging from the visceral (civilian deaths, geospatial renderings of military actions) to the mundane (fiscal year budgets for the war) to generate a series of abstract audiovisual compositions with short accompanying texts citing and explaining the information sources.
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