Living Sounds


Sonic performances that will take place radioshow-style on our livestream page in collaboration with Living Sounds
SUN  AUG 23, 2020 
*** WATCH LIVE ***

5pm MT
Natural soundscape twists into music and otherworldly sculptures.  🐸 🌊 MATT MCCORKLE
Matt McCorkle is a sound artist working at the intersection of technology, the natural world and space. Using augmented audio, audio scripting, ambisonics and field recordings, his work seeks to help people experience the world in new ways.  His piece, Moody, is part of our Desktop Performances series and can be viewed here

6pm MT
Bedtime reading with/to/about bugs  🐞 🌒
CW&T with Pau | Tree
CW&T is the art and design practice of Che-Wei Wang & Taylor Levy. They concept, design, and make real the things that they want to see in the world. This Sunday evening, they will share some sweet stories about bugs living in a garden, together with their two boys Pau and Tree.

6:30pm MT
Livestream from the Microworld  🧫 🧪
MORAKANA is the collective practice of Tiri Kananuruk and Sebastian Morales, together we are artists, performers and engineers with research and experimentation based practice. Tonight they will share livestream of microscopic organisms and micro synthesized sounds. Sounds are generated from real time activity of paramecia, rotifers, and other microscopic water based organisms.   Live From the Microworld is also livestreaming Saturday, August 22 at 4pm MT and Sunday, August 30 at 2pm MT in its original audio-visual form.  Learn more here!

7pm MT
Good Evening  🌔 🦋
Tommy Martinez is a New York City based improviser and technologist. His work takes the form of improvisations using guitar, electroacoustic and synthesized sound sources. He is interested in computational approaches to music making, simulation, and manifestations of identity and history in audio culture.  

8pm MT
Guided Meditation 🧘‍♀️ 🔮 🧘‍♂️


Several performers (TBA) interact and collaborate with Living Sounds, which is featured as one of this year’s Desktop Experiences.

More on Living Sounds:
“The 24/7 live sounds on this site are a mix of dozens of handmade microphones that have been recording for years in the woods and swamps of a recovering wetland in Plymouth, Massachusetts, called Tidmarsh. In this time of self-isolation and shelter-in-place, those of us in cities find ourselves cut off from nature when we need it most. With Living Sounds, we invite you to join us in a real live restoration symphony.

Formerly a large industrial cranberry farm, Tidmarsh was once managed for productivity. Today, the Mass Audubon Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary is a restoration wetland in the continual process of transformation. Restoration is a change of conditions, new and renewed connections, migration, the flow of clean water.

Over the last 8 years, a team of MIT researchers led by an innovative documentary media-maker has been recording the arc of change at Tidmarsh through dozens of microphones, cameras, and sensors in the air, water, and soil. We call ourselves the Living Observatory, and Our aims are to advance the science of ecological restoration, and to find new ways of telling the story of environmental change and resilience.

The visuals on this site were made by different designers inspired by the living sounds. Together, the sights and sounds are here to change the conditions of our collective isolations, listening together to the unfolding story of a fragile ecosystem taking root.”

-Living Sounds

About the Creators of Living Sounds:

Xin Liu (b. 1991, Xinjiang/China) is an artist and engineer, whose works range from performances, apparatus, installations to scientific experiments and academic papers.

In her practice, Xin creates experiences and artifacts to measure and modify the distance and tension between personal, social and technological spaces. They are moments of re-organization, creating ripples in the fabric of subjectivities, common experiences and beliefs in a post-metaphysical world. She has an affinity towards science and technology while remaining vigilant about its idolatry. In the past five years, she is drawn to the illusory prospect of space exploration and the multicultural imaginative, dynamic cosmic views.

Xin is currently the Arts Curator in the Space Exploration Initiative in MIT Media Lab, a member of New INC in New Museum and a studio resident in Queens Museum. She is also an artist-in-residence in SETI Institute. She is recipient of numerous awards and residencies, including Forbes 30 under 30 Asia, the Van Lier Fellowship from Museum of Arts and Design, Sundance New Frontier Story Lab, Huayu Youth Award Finalist, Creative Capital On Our Radar, inaugural Europe ARTificial Intelligence Lab residency, inaugural ONX studio program (founded by New Museum and Onassis NY) and Pioneer Works Tech Residency. She has been commissioned by institutions including Abandon Normal Devices Festival (UK), Ars Electronica (Austria), Media Art Xploration Festival (US) and Onassis Foundation Enter Program. She is an advisor for LACMA Art+Tech Lab and a faculty member at The Terraforming, a new research program at Strelka Institute in 2020.

Xin graduated from MIT Media Lab with a master degree in Media Arts and Sciences after her M.F.A from Rhode Island School of Design and B.E from Tsinghua University in Beijing (Measurement, Control Technology, and Instrument).


Gershon Dublon is a creative researcher, electrical engineer, and co-founder (with artist Xin Liu) of slow immediate, an NYC-based creative engineering and art production studio.

Dr. Dublon invents technologies and crafts environments that use distributed environmental sensing and AI to foster new human sensitivities and perceptions in and of the natural world. His writings and research papers appears in a diverse array of publications and academic communities, among them Presence (MIT Press), Scientific American, IEEE Sensors, Body Sensor Networks, ACM Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), and New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME). His projects have been covered widely, and exhibited in venues including Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, the National Center for the Arts in Mexico, and Ars Electronica in Austria.

Dublon received an S.M. (2011) and Ph.D. (2018) from MIT, where he conducted research in the Responsive Environments Group at the MIT Media Lab, supervised by Dr. Joe Paradiso. Dublon has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering (2008) from Yale University, where he worked as researcher in the Embedded Networks and Applications Lab under Dr. Andreas Savvides. In addition to his studio practice in New York, Dublon is also a director of Living Observatory, a non-profit focused on wetland restoration, and a research affiliate in the MIT Media Lab’s Responsive Environments Group.

Dr. Dublon has a band with Dr. Nanwei Gong, called 🌈🍪. They work in bursts, and are currently on hiatus. They make pop.