Magnus Bugge: Soundtracks for webcams

Location An empty shop window, Østergade 27 

The sounds come from signals. They’re all synthetic and don’t come into being until the realisation of the installation. One can also say, the signals emerge from webcams, through the interaction and analysis of captured images in the sensor, creating sounds – by and for the cameras.

At any given moment, thousands of webcams are actively observing our world. Most of these cameras are always on, some are even broadcasting without interruption for years on end. They capture the mundane and the everyday passage of life, such as traffic jams and interiors of office spaces, broadcasting them online in low resolutions, adding ornamentation of jitter, errors and glitches to these monotonous scenes. A soulless aesthetic that we associate with machinery running rudimentary tasks in the background of our infotech driven society, this has become as recognizable to us as the scenes they capture. 

Soundtrack for Webcams is an audiovisual installation that pairs a real-time generated soundtrack with rolling webcam streams. This “network” generated audio is a soundtrack for the cameras, as it is constantly adapting to changes based on what we’re looking at. Each camera is a voice in an ensemble that builds an audiovisual experience based on fragments of everyday life from around the world.

About the artist

Magnus Bugge (1988) is a composer and artist working with sound and audio in a broad range of artistic contexts. He has an MA in music technology from the Norwegian Academy of Music from 2014 and is a member of the Norwegian Society of Composers.

Bugge experiments with sound in space and time, using analog and digital synthesis, tape music techniques, generative and algorithmic systems, experimental sequencing and sonification. He works solo with concerts, releases and exhibitions, in the duo Bilayer with Hilde Marie Holsen, in the stage art group Verdensteatret and in other collaborations.

Magnus Bugge has for instance performed at Transmediale, Berlin 2018; Winter Solstice, Oslo 2017; Noodlebar [Ambient Edition], Rotterdam 2017; MIR, Oslo 2017. Bugge’s works has been exhibited at Lydgalleriet, Bergen, 2018; Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Ljubljana, 2018; Art Rotterdam, 2018; University of Greenwich, London 2017; City Museum of Ljubljana, 2017; V2_ Lab for Unstable Media, Rotterdam 2017


Magnus Bugge: “Soundtracks for Webcams” (2017), Struer Tracks 2019. Photo: Mikkel Høgh Kaldal

‘Soundtracks for Webcams’, 2019, Magnus Bugge. Photo: Mikkel Høgh Kaldal

‘Soundtracks for Webcams’, 2019, Magnus Bugge. Photo: Mikkel Høgh Kaldal

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