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Ryoji Ikeda \ Datamatics

Datamatics is Ikeda’s long running project that uses data to make impressive interactive and immersive audio and visual installations. His barcode like sequences have derived from the errors that occur within hard drive. The hypnotic soundtrack mirrors the imagery, meshing bleeps, crescendos and bass into a kaleidoscopic soundscape.

By using pure data as a source for audio and imagery, Datamatics combines abstract and mimetic presentations of matter, time and space. Like me, Ikeda, chose to use projection mapping to display the dynamic computer-generated imagery, the intense yet minimal graphic renderings of data progress through multiple dimensions is so interesting.


From 2D sequences of patterns derived from hard drive errors and studies of software code, the imagery transforms into dramatic rotating views of the universe in 3D, whilst in the final scenes four-dimensional mathematical processing opens up spectacular and seemingly infinite vistas. A powerful and hypnotic soundtrack reflects the imagery through a meticulous layering of sonic components to produce immense and apparently boundless acoustic spaces.




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