Song of Data Centers

    Times are changing, our way of life, environment and habits are changing. Until 20 years ago, no one could have imagined that someday he would be stroking his computer, saying: “Come on darling, you can, I believe in you” (I hope not only I do that). This attitude was made possible thanks to the desire of gadget developers to make their creations and the worldwide network to which they are connected an integral part of human life. However, most users do not even imagine what is happening "on the other side."

    An interesting look at the life of data centers was offered by composer Matt Parker, who decided to capture the sound of the virtual world. Compositions made from a set of sounds recorded in the data center, he presented in his project Cities and Memory.

    Raw materialfor his work, Matt recorded in the data center of the City University of his hometown of Birmingham, UK. The original audio material was reworked, resulting in a kind of remix . Microphones were installed at the entrance and in the aisles between the stands. It is worth noting that Matt recently graduated from the Birmingham Conservatory, where he studied composition, music theory and audio technology.

    Parker decided not to limit himself to creating only a track, for a more accurate transmission of the atmosphere, he also created three video installations.

    DC1 - Lighting up the Information Superhighway

    DC2 - Without the Flow of Air the Transmission Isn't There

    DC3 - Turbulence in the Chamber

    Matt Parker commented on his project this way: “The idea is to illuminate the physical nature behind cloud computing and remind people that while phones and smartphones are silent in their pockets, and tablets and laptops are quietly on tables or backpacks, somewhere far away the hive of hard drives and fans is working diligently, providing the vital functions of the information world, which has become an integral part of our life. ”

    Everything in the world publishes, has its own sound. Parker noted that every patch of space in the data center has an individual voice. The composer installed stereo pairs in the entrances to the corridors with server racks to remove the overall sound background. In addition, he experimented with placing microphones in the aisles. Once he installed six microphones that were facing six separate stands, resulting in unique sounds from each of them. These sounds were used in the installation:

    The Cloud is more than Air and Water

    Parker's project is still quite young, but he already has his followers.
    Timo Arnal presented his installation called “Internet Machine”, which was presented at the “Big Bang Data” art exhibition in Barcelona. Footage and sound were recorded and shot at the Telefonica data center, located on the outskirts of Madrid.

    Nowadays, everything sooner or later becomes the object of creativity. We are sincerely glad that our favorite servers did not stay on the creative sidelines.

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