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Real Talk Radio: generative sound stream of Black thought sampled from music


Term:

Fall

Department:

MAS: Media Arts and Sciences

Faculty Supervisor:

Ekene Ijeoma

Faculty email:

ekene@media.mit.edu

Apply by:

10/09/2020

Contact:

Please apply here: https://forms.gle/MQkAFzUQy3XyeikMA

Project Description

Poetic Justice is a group of critical thinkers and makers researching social inequality across multiple fields including social science to develop artworks in sound, video, multimedia, sculpture and installation. Working from data studies and life experiences, and using both computational design and conceptual art strategies, we reframe social issues through artworks that embody and empower overlooked truths within systems of oppression. We’ve been developing a series of artworks that are phone-based and web-based generative sound and video works. This Summer we partnered with museums and communities across the US to relaunch A Counting which can be experienced at 844-959-3197 or a-counting.us. Now we’re sourcing hip hop and jazz song sections, lyrics and audio samples and remixing them into a generative sound work. As a UROP you’d work with our team to further develop pre-existing tools for searching for specific song lyrics across various websites (either through APIs or scraping) such as Genius and creating audio samples with the lyrics. Keywords: media research, data analysis, narrative generation, audio processing

Pre-requisites

We are looking for students with Python (6.00 MIT course or equivalent) or Nodejs experience. Experience with scraping or data management is preferred but not required.