Monday, December 17, 2007

lounging in transit

i'll be taking part in the 2008 Transit Lounge - split between Berlin and Australia - as part of a partner event of Conspire, Transmediale.08...

i'll be conspiring alongside other artists including:
Bianca Calandra, Robert Curgenven, Benjamin Ducroz, Katie Hepworth, Govinda Lange, Silvia Marzall, Kristina Matovic, Michael Prior, Jodi Rose, Sumugan Sivanesan, Anna Tautfest, Lynda Roberts...

Sunday, December 16, 2007


Originally uploaded by bugzfizzle
despite the lack of actual housing in new orleans, projects such as this have been constructed - and yet, where do the inhabitants live exactly...?

Sunday, December 09, 2007

empathy and otherness

review of ars electronica 2007 in the latest issue of realtime:

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Sunday, November 25, 2007


we got tha fucker out

i can't believe it, howard is no longer australia's PM - fucking finally

people in berlin think i'm a little mad today. why would all this grey weather make me so so happy? (its not the weather - i tell you...)

so labour - over to you, just don't fuck it

Friday, November 23, 2007

art of sedition

a la hommage to steve reich's 1960's tape music has been pulled from broadcast by an adelaide radio station, based on legal advice.

the piece, "Decennial Celebrations" commemorates the coalition and john howard's ten years in power, and was performed at adelaide's delicatessen venue in 2006. apparently the phrase "kill john howard" is enough to provoke the removal of such a work from airplay. in the words of the composer Christian Haines, "...eventually the words [in the piece] lose meaning because you can't tell the start and end of the sentence and leads to a sort of auditory hallucination."

in the final days leading up to australia's 2007 election, this really paints a picture of our rights to free speech.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

betta late than neva

spent last week at the re:place conference, held at das haus der kulturen der welt

the second conference on media, art, history and science

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

truth & reality

please just watch the film Zeitgeist

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

where is this place ,

where is this place

the start of a new work about home, family, displacement and belonging in the global, networked age.

Sunday, September 30, 2007


one of the best political works i've seen in a while was at the DESTE foundation in Athens. A female security guard, standing in a corner of one of the gallery rooms. As you enter the room she starts singing "this is propaganda..." (a simple melody and a phrase that she repeats as she begins to walk around the space a little).

its only when you leave the room you notice that other gallery minders are dressed fairly casually. the tune and the words - stuck in my head...

Friday, September 28, 2007

electrofringe - wear now

so it's the first year i'll be missing electrofringe in ages ... and in an attempt to still be there, alexandra gillespie will be speaking about my Mobile Patters work on the WearNow panel on Saturday September 29th in the Newcastle Regional Art Gallery at 2pm...

dialectic cursing - in tha dam

curse ov dialect

head to occii if u in amsterdam tonite...

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

moments like


sitting in bed eating pistachios (for er, brunch?) from Aegina - and reminding me of the hot sun and sea - while drinking cool peppermint tea and listening to the rain on the skylight above...

(with a laptop and wireless access)

simple things like this, which i appreciate so much more these days, after such challenging times.

reskinning under skin

an article by Leah Heiss about some of the works from the reskin lab can be found at:

and another article (by Alex Gillespie and Cinnamon Lee) on the reskin lab and resulting works can be found at:

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

steim wii

wii is a small revolution.
wiiiiii is a movement about movement.
wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii is leaving the desktop and moving into sonic space.
wiiiii is made for gaming but hacked into a music instrument.
wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii is this rare moment where a mass produced object is recycled into a tool for both experimental and mainstream practice.
wiiiiiiiiiiiiii is supported by STEIM's junXion and pd, maxmsp, supercollider etc.
STEIM's wii evening is not sponsored by nintento, but we hope they get it and continue making brothers and sisters of the wii.
wiiiiiiiiii(h)ero's from all over the globe will present their wiiiiiiiing and perform at STEIM on Monday September 24, 2007.
steim - wiiii
Ross Bencina (AU), Somaya Langley (AU), Danielle Wilde (AU)
Tom Tlalim (IL)
Tim Groeneboom aka DJ Timski (NL)
Frank Baldé (NL) + Saskia Dedenbach (DE)

Date: Monday, September 24 2007
Venue: STEIM, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134, Amsterdam
Time: 18.00pm
Entrance: Free
Reservations and more information: or +31 20 6228690

Project descriptions
Ross Bencina, Somaya Langley, Danielle Wilde - prototyping gesture~sound mappings with the wiimote
Ross, Somaya and Danielle will discuss outcomes of a recent residency at STEIM where they developed a variety of gesture-to-sound mappings aimed at engaging the whole body in controlling sound. Up to six Wiimotes were used simultaneously to gather gestural information from multiple positions on the body, and from multiple performers.

Tom Tlalim - Body tilt space measurement using 8-12 Wiimotes / nunchucks
This is a research project into use of the body as an instrument, while imposing limitations on space by audio feedback. I'm trying to look at the human body with relation to gravity alone, learning about poise, dynamics and location from looking at it's tilt and acceleration. complexity, weight-center, speed, and dynamics can be then analyzed, calculated and used as indicators of a current tilt space. As a prototyping tool I'm using 8-12 3d accelerometers (Wiimotes) to measure tilt and acceleration for every joint. x/y tilt data is then graphed, analyzed, and buffered for template matching. Currently the data is used straight forward as continuous input for states of an audio system. Next stage in development will be definition of audio spaces via template matching; snapshots of different shapes of the body can be stored and compared with the current body position. as the dancer reproduces specific body positions, new sound presets get introduces.

Tim Groeneboom aka DJ Timski - Wiijing with Wiimote + Ableton Live + Max/MSP
DJ Timski will show and explain his Wiij (Wii + DJ) setup that he uses at parties to rock the crowd.

Frank Baldé + Saskia Dedenbach
STEIM's software R&D Frank Balde and Saski Dedenbach will talk about the development process and implementation of the new Wii extension for STEIM’s junXion software.

Monday, September 17, 2007

the invisible camp

snippets of stories, of oral histories, emotions and experiences join me each day as i wake...

(once a killing wall, for children)

destroy athens

destroy athens is the first athens contemporary art biennal, which i've just spent a few days discovering during my week in this city

destroy athens logo
the theme lures artists to destroy preconceived notions of athens, creating a new contemporary image of who and what this place represents today. artists from all over the western artworld are represented in the show (plus a a number of parallel exhibitions and events) including john bock and dereck jarman to name but two...

Thursday, September 06, 2007

press gang

imo and i are heading to ars electronica tomorrow, with press passes in hand - ready to put together a couple of radio features... so come talk to us.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

gig pics

photos from last nights gig of displaced australian sounds can be found at:

Tuesday, September 04, 2007


if you're in prenzlauer berg (berlin) tonite - and feel like some australian improv - come along to this gig...
aussie improv in berlin
(...and come talk to imogen and i, as we'll be on the door and on the look out for good conversation...)

Friday, August 31, 2007

gesturally sound

danielle wilde and somaya langley performing headscrape experiment
© 2007 ross bencina, somaya langley and danielle wilde

ross bencina, danielle wilde and i were based at steim for three weeks in july 2007 working on a series of experimental gestural sound experiments utilising various techniques and Nintendo Wii remote technology.

we will be back at steim again on the 24th september 2007 to take part in a workshop presentation on the use of Wiimotes.

Friday, August 24, 2007

stolen love-terror

terror mon amour
Originally uploaded by somaya
pedro inoue's exhibition which opened last night at stolen space

fucking amazing work...

Sunday, August 05, 2007

book in ya face


okay, i signed up fo facebook out of curiosity - and now i'm getting a million (well not really, but too many anyway) emails notifying me of activity that's going on in there.

while there are obviously many benefits to social networking, where is the criticism? or at least critical analysis of its impact??

so far it's a time-sucking device - like i needed another...
i originally started this blog (before the 2005 vital signs conference) as a means to criticise the whole blogging phenomenon - you can't really talk about what you don't know, right!?! of course, somehow my naïveté lead me to keep it up.

i do actually enjoy seeing ppl in the flesh, not just sitting in bed with a laptop
(govinda - you have a lot to answer for)

11/08/2007: let me take some of that back... there is some discussion of this going on thru fibreculture at the moment, see:

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

moving metropolis

NY laws that prevent physical self-expression - combated by: metropolis in motion

Sunday, July 22, 2007


Originally uploaded by AliaK
archiving workshop panel with Jo Fleming (NFSA, AFC) and Shannon O'Neill (UTS, alias frequencies) talking about digital archiving and collaborative development of online projects/spaces - Electrofringe 2006

Tuesday, July 17, 2007


woke to lightning and lay watching clouds rapidly roll overhead, thru the skylight

by lunchtime it's humid and sunny. a real european summer's day? it was just a tease...

and this evening, well you can see
evening storm

Monday, July 16, 2007

moving the earth

semiconductor - earth moves
viewing (thru the glass door) of semiconductor's video work "earth moves" at Montevideo (the Netherlands Institute for Media Arts) in the exhibition (in)visible sounds along with other artists including Australian's Joyce Hinterding and David Haines

Friday, July 13, 2007

belly under

my beautiful friends in sydney are running Underbelly - a two week public art lab residency at the Carriage Works in Redfern with the final day being a festival.

Festival is this Saturday 14th July
Features collaborative works developed over the past two weeks and a special talks program and a panel... all about artists and space: how we find it, how we use it.

Moderated by Underbelly Director Imogen Semmler, featuring Lara Thoms (Quarterbread @ PACT), TJ Eckleberg (Artistic Director, Shopfront Theatre), Sharon Longridge (MI5), Music NSW and other special guests.

lynda roberts + ceri hann
stephanie carrick + sumugan sivanesan
please get along and experience the extravaganza

Thursday, July 12, 2007


never thought i'd say this, but i've been doing a bit of testing with the Nintendo Wii - running multiple Wiis with the aka.wiiremote Max object (by Masayuki Akamatsu).

in the end managed to get 6 up and running at once...

there's a bit of info that i posted to the Max list about using this object and multiple devices:

Wednesday, July 11, 2007


Atau Tanaka (one of the directors of STEIM - where ross bencina, danielle wilde and i are currently in residence for 3 weeks)
atau tanaka, montevideo
performing at Montevideo in Amsterdam

Saturday, July 07, 2007

(lost) view

announcements about unattended baggage in airports?

view of lost luggage

once again the airline has lost my stuff. it seems to arrive tho (after hanging around in the terminal all alone), in some disheveled state... days later

Thursday, July 05, 2007

raster in montreal

raster-noton exhibition at Société des Arts Technologiques (SAT) in Montreal if you happen to be there and need to escape the rain...

Saturday, June 30, 2007


Presented a paper presentation at the 2007 ICAD conference this morning in Montreal...

The Design of a Heterogeneous Software Environment for Data Sonification Research and Auditory Display: SoniPy
by David Worrall, Michael Bylstra, Stephen Barrass and Roger Dean (aka. the Sonic Communications Research Group)

further information can be found at:

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

icad 2007

13th annual International Conference on Auditory Display, held in Montreal, Canada began today
sendai university presenter
audience listening to binaural rendered sound

architecting montreal

architecting montreal

graf in montreal

rainview (brooklyn)

rain, view, brooklyn

what happened

to us?
what happened to us - dan perjovschi - moma ny 2007
dan perjovschi - straight up

commenting on the state of the world, an exhibition at New York's MOMA.

way [the fuck] out...

way the fuck out yonkers

never giggle at the name of a place, or you might end up having to spend the day there

Friday, June 15, 2007


perhaps all the digital glitter will blind you, and you'll stumble into the defence recruiting center
digital glitter of times square

fabolous plays midtown

only in nyc...

"...the cops have closed the party down tonite... so we need to get thru to tha venue, it backs onto here, so ya know, if we could come thru your foyer and go in tha back door. he's a rapper, and the party needs to happen..."

all you young black men and women, wearing all-black with gold bling. black caps on sideways or backward, in impossibly high stilettos

black sunglasses that blind, even though it's half-past-twelve... mobile phones pressed to ears talkin' shit to who knows who...

attitude and perfume oozing out of pores, almost suffocating everyone in close vacinity.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

n y c

nyc subway nyc for the nime 2007 conference at NYU

more photos in flickr set:

Sunday, June 03, 2007

last views

view, goodbye
track, goodbye
before journeying into the unknown.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Monday, May 21, 2007

dorbot in melbs

the suspect backpack at melbourne's dorkbot

4pm, Sunday 27th May, 2007
Level 1, 124a Johnston St Fitzroy 3065 (just east of Brunswick St).

The Suspect Backpack is a wearable mobile sonic media art experience,
providing a user with the opportunity for first-person interaction and
engagement. The work is intended for use in public space, and at the same
time as it creates a personalised intimate environment for the user, members
of the public become the unwitting audience. This [prototype] work utilises
proximity sensors, a laptop, a pair of speakers and a set of headphones to
navigate two spoken-word sound environments.

Somaya Langley is a sound and new media artist who has presented works in
festivals and conferences throughout Australia. Her work has been
commissioned by Experimenta and the National Film and Sound Archive. She was
a member of the sensor-trio HyperSense Complex, is one part of the duo
MetaSense and performs live electroacoustics under the pseudonym of ID-i/o.
For the past decade she hosted a radio program, SubSequence, on Community
Radio 2XX FM. In recent years she has been the National Library of
Australia's Digital Preservation Officer and in 2006 was the recipient of the Inaugural Friends of the National Library of Australia Travelling Fellowship to
research models for archiving complex born-digital objects, in California

loud is (limited edition)

loud is boring - limited edition
loud is boring (limited edition)

metasense - farewell to canberra gig

thursday 24th may 2007 at the front gallery/café in lyneham.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

rediscovered [re-blog]

metasense at electrofringe 2005 (excerpt)

flame tank

pistachio tree - autumn


"With cutting-edge digital animation, video and electronic music, SUPER VISION makes the invisible “datasphere” visible, using the language and technologies of surveillance itself." (

While researching visas for overseas travel, I could vividly recall moments from the Builder's Association and d-Box's interactive [new media] performance work, Supervision. I witnessed the performance at ISEA 2006 and it was truly engaging.

The only thing I would have wanted, was to strip away the theatre venue stage/audience paradigm - and immerse the audience right within the unfolding story... But then, we've got real life for that.

Monday, April 30, 2007

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

wade's space

Wade Marynowsky - Autonomous Improvisation v.1
19 April - 19 May 2007, Artspace Sydney.
Opening 6pm Thursday 19 April 2007.

autonomous improvisations v.1
[Singing Sadie, Robbie Avenaim, Jon Wah, The_Geek_From_Swampy_Creek, REV. KRISS HADES, Jim Denley]

i even contributed a tiny bit of performance (the random accellerometer waving variety) to the A/V component...

Thursday, April 12, 2007

under skin

Leah Heiss has written an article, Under the Skin, for Craft Australia on outcomes from the ReSkin lab.

Monday, April 09, 2007

feeding back

metasense at the great escape festival
[MetaSense, photo: Etienne Deleflie]

3 performances over 3 days (during the Easter long weekend) in the Feedback Chambers (aka. the gunpowder bunkers) as part of the Great Escape Festival at the Newington Armoury, Sydney.

...sounds of anti-war rallies, glitch, post-techno, noise, feedback, more noise, shortwave radio, chorale singing and field recordings in a reverberant chamber soundLynda Roberts, Imogen Semmler, Kerry, Dan Conway, Brett Maverix, Nick Mariette and myself (MetaSense)
curated by Lynda Roberts.


a bit late now... was a guest on immogen semmler's radio show out of the box on FBi FM over the easter long weekend

"Sound artist and radio presenter, Somaya took us on a journey through sound art, electronic producing and her own career of sound production and audio craft!"

the best of subsequence - 2003-2006...

raum 1poleR~scape
authenticitysi-cut.dbfrom tears: beach archivebiphop
postfabricalva.nototransvisionraster noton
cyclictomas jirkuentropyintr_version
the art of stalkingsuburban knightmy sol dark directionraster noton
transitionmad mikedepth charge 5submerge
everybody is a disasteragf.3 + sue cminimoviesasphodel records
rant (hot in here)ursula ruckerma'at mama!k7
shimmersomaya langleyACMC 2004Australasian Computer Music Association

Tuesday, March 20, 2007


immortal - mosig video
still from paul mosig's remixing of norwegian heavy metal images, accompanying sarah logan's sonic remix of the same...


[loud is boring, the front, canberra, february 2007]

Monday, March 12, 2007

children of [the] new world

the film Children of Men, which pre-9/11 may have seemed too way-out to be a realistic prediction of the future, today is only too possible.

coupled with Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, a dire prediction of the future of humanity, paints a bleak outlook for contemporary society.

sophistication of tools and technology surround us, but all too often the drive is towards their streamlining their military applications.

they are super-human fighting machines enaging in the ultimate apocalyptic battle. but, to what end?

acma cee-dee

upcoming australian computer music association cd release...

Daniel Blinkhorn - squeak (‘n bubble)
Diana Blom and Emma Stacker – Gong Agong
Garth Paine – Episode 4
Jon Drummond & John Encarnacao - 6 Degrees of Tension
Cat Hope – Women in Transit
Peter Mcilwain - Instrument Landscape #3

David Worrall - I am on the net
Ros Bandt – Sydney Road
Aaron Hall - Corroded Memory
Wendy Suiter – Litany for Refugees
Andrian Pertout - Azadeh
Somaya Langley - out | side | in
Simulus - channel

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

hail canberra(?)

canberra city hail

8:50am - moore street, canberra city
the last day of summer...

Friday, February 23, 2007

digital paradoxes

the paradox of the digital age, as it is being termed exposes a number of facts that may have us thinking about what we really do when we sit in front of a computer.

a few things to consider/question are:
  • easy to create make millions of files now
  • much harder to access them later
  • what do we really consider important digital items
  • only way to keep digital things is to constantly manage them
  • is that a valid use of our own time and headspace
  • the need to look to history - such as the papryus scrolls (which were hand copied every now and then)

Monday, February 19, 2007

second librarians

what will they think of next

cybrary city
australian libraries building in second life

australian library building - second life

action nownow

anthony pateras in action
anthony pateras in action - the NowNow, January 2007

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

mobile patters

mobile patters - somaya langley
mobile patters - earpiece (annodised aluminium)
Mobile Patters - developed at the 2007 ANAT ReSkin Laboratory, Canberra School of Art, Canberra

Materials: anodised aluminium, audio earbud, conductive paint, Arduino micro-controller, custom built RF detector, custom constructed jacket, 9V battery

Mobile Patters explores the imperceptible world of radio frequencies, mobile phones and “semi-private” worlds created by individuals in metropolitan spaces. When a mobile phone is answered in a crowded city environment, or an individual wears a portable audio player, a separation appears between the receiver/wearer and other crowd members, creating the illusion of a semi-private moment. With the appearance of a cage, this wearable represents the illusionary screen between this individual and society.

Detecting the presence of mobile phone activity, this signal is converted into randomised percussive clicks. As the intensity of mobile phone activity increases, so does the responding sound. This wearable provides a means of sonifying the environment we currently inhabit, and yet are often unaware of its presence.

As the wearer moves closer in proximity to radio frequencies, the audio responds by creating an increasing number of randomised clicks.

Other photos from the reskin lab can be found at:

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

still alien

Alien Presence H
i've got a tiny bit of sound accompanying Daniel Kotja's video work Alien Presence H - (Handmade Echo) which is currently exhibiting at Stills Gallery, Sydney

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Sunday, January 21, 2007


mc mewz (marisa)
mc mewz mic-in' it up...