Interactive Soundscape Environment (InSeE) by Tae Hong Park

When 23 May 2015 - 20 Jul 2015
Where Building 5a5b Nolan Park, Governor’s Island

InSeE is an iterative installation project that explores spatio-acoustic sonification via Citygram’s sensor network. InSeE specifically focuses on real-time, data-driven soundscape sonification and postulates the existence of locative sonic characteristics that provide an environment for emotional engagement, some shared, some random, and others completely imagined. This iteration of InSeE is driven by soundscape data captured and streamed from Manhattan.

Tae Hong Park

May 23 – July 20
noon – 5 pm daily
: Building 5a5b Nolan Park,  Governor’s Island

Ferries run from Lower Manhattan all seven days and run from Brooklyn
Bridge Park’s Pier 6 on Saturdays, Sundays, Memorial Day and Labor Day.
There is a $2 round trip fare for adults and children over the age of 12.

InSeE is a collaborative installation project that explores sound objects, spatio-acoustic sonic idiosyncrasies, and narrative sound art. The postulation of the work is the existence of locative sonic characteristics, and that such sonic characteristics will provide an environment for a unique form of critical, and sensory engagement with surrounding landscapes and ecosystems. InSeE is be driven by locative soundscape signals, audio descriptors, and data-driven sound synthesis strategies streamed from Manhattan. The technical and conceptual development of this work will aim at folding in interactivity and real-time technologies within a soundscape framework and metaphor for the exploration of (1) idiosyncrasies of soundscapes and the concept of geophonicity [1]; (2) sonification strategies; (3) musical exploration of soundscapes: raw, unaltered states, modulated states, and entirely synthesized states; (4) real-time interaction; and (5) exploitation of the Citygram system. The overall result is intended to be a technically innovative, data rich and environmentally useful creation.


Tae Hong Park is a composer, bassist, and music technologist. He received his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronics from Korea University in 1994 and has worked in the area of digital communication systems and digital musical keyboards at the LG Central Research Laboratory in Seoul, Korea from 1994 to 1998. He also holds degrees from Dartmouth College (M.A. in Electro-Acoustic Music) and Princeton University (M.F.A and Ph.D. in composition). His current interests are primarily in composition of electro-acoustic and acoustic music, technical research in multi-dimensional aspects of timbre, pattern recognition, signal processing, automatic musical instrument classification, and computer-aided music analysis. His music has been heard in various locations including Austria, Brazil, China, Canada, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, South Korea, Slovenia, Sweden, UK, and USA; in venues, conferences and festivals including Aether Fest, Bourges, CEAIT, CYNETart, DIEM, EarZoom, Electric Rainbow Coalition, EMM, EUCUE Series, FEMS, ffmup, High Voltage, ICMC, Into the Soundscape V, ISMEAM, klangprojektionen, LACMA, LITSK, MATA, MAXIS, NWEAMO, Pulse Field, Reflexionen Festival, Santa Fe International Festival of Electro-Acoustic Music, SICMF, SEAMUS, Sonorities Festival, Spark Festival, Third Practice, and Transparent Tape Music Festival. His works have been played by groups and performers such as the Argento Ensemble, Brentano String Quartet, California E.A.R. Unit, Ensemble Surplus, Wayne Dumaine, Edward Carroll, Entropy, Zoe Martlew, Nash Ensemble of London, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and the Tarab Cello Ensemble. He is Chief Editor of Journal SEAMUS, serves as Editorial Consultant for Computer Music Journal, is President of ICMA (2010 ~ ), and served as chair and organizer of the ICMC 2006 conference. He is currently Associate Professor of Music Technology and Director of the Composition program at NYU and will be in residence at IRCAM in 2016.


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