Kovács/O’Doherty

Signal Tide

Signal Tide at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, 22. September 2017

Signal Tide at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, 22. September 2017

Signal Tide at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, 21. September 2017

Signal Tide at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, 21. September 2017

Overview:

Signal Tide is a sound and extraterrestrial radio installation. It combines real-time signals from an abandoned satellite currently orbiting the earth (the LES-1, launched in 1965) with specially-commissioned music and sound, created by David Bryant (Godspeed You! Black Emperor), Drew Barnet, and James Hamilton, in collaboration with Kovács/O’Doherty.

The work has a website with further details, audio, video, images, and downloads.

The research process for Signal Tide was supported by the Art + Technology Lab at LACMA, as one of the recipient projects of the Art + Technology Awards 2016. From this research, a work-in-progress version of the piece was presented at LACMA in September 2017.

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Signal Tide — LES-1 signal

Spectrogram image of an excerpt from the signal of the LES-1 satellite, showing the gaps in transmission approximately every four seconds.

Tracking satellite signals, Stolzenhagen, Germany, May 2017

Tracking satellite signals, Stolzenhagen, Germany, May 2017

Recording at The Pines, Montreal

Recording at The Pines, Montreal

Research info coming soon.