Steve Goodman


15 APR · 18H30 · Steve Goodman / Kode9
Audio Virology

Moderator · Diogo Tudela

In the context of the current global pandemic, it is an opportune moment to examine theories and sonic fictions that I have loosely termed audio virologies. One key source of the concept of a cultural virus derives from the idea of the meme, the cultural equivalent of the gene, a basic unit of culture. Converging as it has with social media, the concept has become fixated on virulent (moving) image/text combinations. But is there an auditory equivalent? From evolutionary genetics and modelling applied to generative music, AI driven data sonification of protein structures, psychologies of earworms through to sonic fictions of electronic music and science fiction, we will question the neo-Darwinian underpinning of memetics and attempt to go beyond a merely metaphorical notion of virality applied to sonic and musical culture.

Steve Goodman (aka Kode9) is a musician, DJ, artist and writer. He has recorded 3 albums, 2 with the late vocalist The Spaceape; Memories of Future (2006) and Black Sun (2010), and a solo album, Nothing (2015). He has compiled 4 DJ mix compilations, Dubstep Allstars vol.3 (Tempa 2006), DJ Kicks (K7 2011) and Rinse 22 (Rinse 2013), and in 2018, Fabric 100 with Burial. In additional to the record label Hyperdub which he founded in 2004, he has also released tracks on Aphex Twin’s Rephlex label, Soul Jazz and Rinse and remixed for Mr. Fingers, Lee Scratch Perry, the Junior Boys, Battles and Dabrye among others.

In 2014 he was awarded Innovator and Small Label of the Year from AIM (the Association of Independent Music). With the group AUDINT he has produced numerous sound installations, and his sound designs have recently been presented as part of the Hyundai commission at the Tate Modern (2018) and the Barbican ‘AI: More than Human’ in London (2019). He has produced a soundtrack to AUDINT’s short film Ghostcode (2016) and peformed a remixed score to a reimagined version of Chris Marker’s La Jetee entitled Her Ghost at the BFI in London and the Pompidou Centre in Paris (2013).

His book ‘Sonic Warfare’ was published on MIT Press in 2009 and with AUDINT he co-edited the book ‘Unsound: Undead’ for Urbanomic Press in 2019.