Ada Lovelace Day- for women who inspire...as key players within the voice and sound technology

Ada Lovelace Day, March 24, 2009Image by clvrmnky via Flickr

Who was Ada??

Finally, who was Ada?
Ada Lovelace was one of the world’s first computer programmers, and one of the first people to see computers as more than just a machine for doing sums. She wrote programmes for Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, a general-purpose computing machine, despite the fact that it was never built.

Its Ada Lovelace day, the day and week to register the names of women who have inspired you
Ada Lovelace Day -bringing women in technology to the fore
sign a pledge to blog about inspirational women in tech on 24th March

Heres my contribution....

MY NAME: Majena Mafe

URL: http://www.sounded-language.blogspot.com/

MY WORK: Focuses on the perverse affect of sound in/as language, and its implications for digital ways of saying


Gertrude Stein-
For being a ground breaker, ground shaker and self described genius
For her introduction of the loop in language that eventually filtered through into digital sound
That the idea repetition is never repetition
The idea that if objects are things, so too are the word we use for them
That meaning does not lie linearly
She highlighted the non-definitive
Her play with ear-play
For her insistent sane use of disruption
Honesty that written language is mock realism
For highlighting the aurally charged nature of language and its connection to meaning

Meredith Monk-
For sticking with her own throat sounds

Cathy Berberian-
For interpreting contemporary music, Armenian folk songs, Monteverdi, The Beatles, and her own compositions in a very throated way.
Especially for best known work is her "Stripsody" (1966), in which she exploits her vocal technique using comic book sounds.

Cathy Brietz-
For her elaborate video instillations
For her shots taken at media

Pipilotti Rist-
For being 'not the girl who misses much'
For her insistence on the perverse pleasure principle

Maja Ratkje-
For her use of the voice as un-mediated instrumented sound

Joan la Barbara-
For her use of multiple voices
For her use of multiple voices
For her use of multiple voices

Vicki Bennett and People Like Us-
For the mischief
For her re-examining the throw away sounding out from the 40s and 50s
For the interpolation and density of sound image mashups

Janet Cardiff-
For being a composer/performer intrigued by change, the subtle and rthe thick in sound, fascinated with voices and definitely enamored by technology.
For using her voice as raw material, which she transmutes into machine noises, choral works or pulverizes “into granules of electro acoustic babble and glitch, generating animated dialogues between innate human expressiveness and the overt artifice of digital processing” as the Wire Magazine put it.

!!!!NetBehaviour are inviting all women who work in media arts and
net art to join their email list for a week between 23rd and
30th March to talk about inspirational women. At the end of the
week they will collate all of the posts in the thread and
feature them on Furtherfield.org.

In support of Ada Lovelace Day they are inviting all women who work in media arts and net art, who are not already subscribed, to join the NetBehaviour email list for a week between 23rd and 30th March, asking them to squat the list for a week (of course we hope they'll stick around for longer:) and tell them about their work and that of other women who have inspired them in their own practice.
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