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UBIQ


UBIQ, short for ubiquitous, is an anonymous sound artist. His work includes public performances, or "Soundings," in which he usurps control of existing sound infrastructures and broadcasts familiar ringtones and alerts from digital interfaces. 

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UBIQ


UBIQ, short for ubiquitous, is an anonymous sound artist. His work includes public performances, or "Soundings," in which he usurps control of existing sound infrastructures and broadcasts familiar ringtones and alerts from digital interfaces. 

The Robin Hood of Sound

UBIQ's works call upon the public to recognize and accept the sounds of connectivity as symbols of our growing entanglement with new communication and technology infrastructures. He is asking us to listen. And in the still silence that follows his Soundings, UBIQ is asking us to consider the new technologies in our lives. He is asking us to pause, and consider how we, not as individuals, but as a society, can harmonize, not with our personal machines, but the powerful digital infrastructures we have created. 

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Criteria


Criteria for a Succesful Sounding

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Criteria


Criteria for a Succesful Sounding


DISPLACE THE FUNCTION

The sounds of our new media technologies are heard not as music but as alerts for the functions they imply. Each Sounding must free the featured ringtone from its preexisting meaning. 


HARMONIZE WITH FORM

By transforming the context through which we encounter these sounds, the melody of the ringtone is distanced from it's social function; No longer a service of technology, the sound exists as pure form. 


EMPOWER THE USER

As bystanders and audience members assume the role of critical listeners, they can explore the co-existence of these two readings: sound-as-function and sound-as-form. By hearing these sounds in the new light offered to them by the Sounding (whether as music or as a metaphor of our relationships with our new media devices), they are reminded 

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around the world


Sound is a little piece of the vibrating world.

Jonathan Sterne

 

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around the world


Sound is a little piece of the vibrating world.

Jonathan Sterne

 

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contact


ubiq.fail at gmail.com

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contact


ubiq.fail at gmail.com

To read about UBIQ's roots, click here.