How to Listen to Machines
Exploring the music of machine sounds
How to Listen to Machines is an interactive composition project that makes music out of machine sounds recorded and submitted by listeners around the globe. Designed to help us hear 'noise pollution' with new ears, this project reconstructs our everyday electric soundscape melodically, illuminating the richness of sounds we tune out.
The project began as my search to capture the strange and beautiful noise of machines. (Stream the Sampler EP to hear the results.) The current phase of this project is what interests me most: turning to other listeners for inspiration. Explore the Featured Collaborators section below to learn more.
All songs will always be made available free of charge on this site. If you find that you enjoy the music and the project, please share it with others. And if you work with machines, I invite you to contact me if you are interested in collaborating on the project.
Meet the Composer
The People Behind the Sounds
Meet my collaborators: individuals around the world who work with machines. Their recorded machine sounds will be set to original music I am composing. Check back often for new stories, sounds, and songs.
A tailor from Syria, Abdulkader escaped the war that destroyed his home and fled to the United States with his family. I am indebted to translator Stephanie Juma and The Boston Globe's Jenna Russell for facilitating this collaboration.