Damian O’Riain

the inspiration behind Damian O’Riain’s sound piece, ‘T42bits’

Currently, my creative activities relate primarily to acousmatic artsdigital music, and post-digital aesthetics. I’m also interested in the analysis of electroacoustic works, and questions relating to the problem of genre categorisation in contemporary digital music. Other areas of interest include new media, digital-cultures, and technologically driven creative practices that embrace interdisciplinary collaboration.

T42bits is a short work (a noise poem of sorts) that toys with statements (misquotes) taken from Turing’s well known 1951 paper ‘’Computing Machinery and Intelligence.’’ In part, the work parodies the notion of the Imitation Game. In this example the participants consist of: (1) “the producer”, (2) the voice artist, (3) “the machine”. The machinic utterances lead us to assume which party has been assigned the role of “the machine,” but can we really be certain? Furthermore, what part does the “the producer” play? Ultimately, “the producer” could claim that the work results from his/her creative intelligence alone, but would this be an accurate assessment? What about the importance of “the machine” in all of this? Can we perhaps imagine an intelligent machine with a wry sense of humour being responsible for such a work? (I would like to think so). At the very least, the digital technologies used, and those who developed them, cannot be forgotten.


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