Mike Ladd (born 1959) is an Australian poet and radio presenter.
[Another of Ladd’s works from the same series was entitled] Seaweed, [and] grew out of a chance ﬁnd of a length of audio-cassette tape on a beach:
“I discovered the tape had songs recorded from the radio and children’s voices on it, and I produced the work by multi-tracking these stretched and backwards sounds and voices. Seaweed began an ongoing interest in the physical decay of audio-tape—perhaps reﬂecting the way sound always decays into silence, and that memory can also fade.”
Was also fascinated by the data visualisation of Stamen Design’s Big Glass Microphone. Have long been interested in how to turn environmental data such as electronic / radio signals and sound / vibration levels into aesthetically appealing visual or audio representations. This is an engaging interactive example of how to do that. The piece visualises fibre optic cables placed in a figure of eight around the Stanford University building. The cables pick up vibrations from the ground above (such as traffic) to create the visualisation.
A test video of an avatar created using the CrazyTalk app, originally intended for the pitch video for the Accomplice game. The face was ‘mirrored’ (the left side repeated for each side of the face) to add to the unreality of the talking head.