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: the whalefall
: flussoReflusso
: hylaea : melanoplus
: arthropodaChordataConiferophyta
: hylaea : alcidae
: bn #9: manuMindo
: biological narrative #7:danaus
: microMacroCosm
: biological narrative 1 thru 5

. sonic works
: C. psychrerythraea34H
: crypto:mindo
: opsin
: cytoDoptera

. installations
: speaking to hylaea
: 39˚ 44′ 11″ N x 104˚ 59′ 21″ W
: campephilus
: hylaea (video/print/rare book)
: hylaea : evolutio


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current investigations
: soniDOME
: projectECAT
: the ocean memory project
: hylaea series

: biological narrative
: tools for life cinema
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: primamateria
: macrocosm


CRYPTO : MINDO (2007) is an electronic sonic composition translated and sampled from the genotypic sources and phenotypic expressions that become intertwined in the exchange between human psychogeography and ecological retreat and encroachment.

The ambient soundings of the work are based on bioacoustic field recordings from the occidental clouds forests of the Ecuadorian Andes, a biodiverse area which is currently challenged by human-induced deforestation, and ecosystem stability linked to global climate change and the decline of the tropical glaciers that feed the bioregion. The phenotypic aural expressions in this work are characteristic of territoriality, navigation and survival messages passed between the avian species of these high altitude cloud forest.

Oscillating, interrupting and mixing into this bioacoustic ambient are the human genotypic and proteomic origins of the work. These sonic translations are derived from the human locative proteins cryptochrome 1 and 2 which are the biomolecular roots of human psychogeographic remappings, explorations, settlement and ecological encroachment that have persisted through human history. In the translation of protein sequence to audio equivalents, attention was given to the affinity that the molecules have for water - the  crucial resource which also brings uniqueness and survival to the neotropical cloud forests. 

The resulting work is a polyphonic mix which bends the genotypic and phenotypic expressions of these intersecting species across multiple data scales to re-mediate the essential ties that all organisms have to navigation, habitat, vulnerability and survival.

The audio base of the work CRYPTO : MINDO has been extracted from a larger new media investigation that brings the experimental hybridization of live cinema and performative bioinformatics into the form of “life cinema.”  This subgenre of new media/digital cinematic performance builds upon the open-ended multimedia output of live cinema and the bending of biological computing, artificial life, ecological modeling and biomimicry to deliver sonic derivatives and visual translations of biological and environmental sensibilities into immersive new media forms and an expanded electronic language.

Recent project venues for this work:

FILE (Festival Internacional de Linguagem Eletrônica) POA 2008, Santander Cultural, Porto Alegre, Brazil
FILE (Festival Internacional de Linguagem Eletrônica) RIO 2008, Oi Futuro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
FILE (Festival Internacional de Linguagem Eletrônica) HIPERSÔNICA 2007, SESI Paulista, São Paulo, Brazil