PhD project

Signal, Information, Noise

Signal, Information, Noise: Remediating Sound in Convergent Contexts

Andrew Prior PhD project


Convergence of content is a natural outcome of digitisation, (Kittler, Rabiner, Gold) and consequently the boundaries between contemporary media forms have unequivocally eroded, radically altering their respective content and our experience of it. Meanwhile, the hardware mediating such content has diverged (Jenkins, Gitelman et al).

This research invokes, and updates the notion of ‘remediation’ introduced by Richard Grusin and Jay David Bolter (1999). Whilst their key thesis was concerned with the interconnections between media and culture of the time, they arguably maintained clear distinctions between the logics of individual media. The assertion of this thesis is that the continuing convergence / divergence of media, as well as the emergent possibilities of streaming since 1999 have problematised Bolter and Grusin’s concept of remediation. Continuous and discrete media sit together, in an intertextual patchwork both on and offline. Our experience of culture is that of multiple time-lines and temporal and experiential characteristics.

This complication of time, signal and content, provides a rich seam of investigation for the research to extend the exploration of remediation through consideration of signal and noise (information theory, cybernetic discourses, contemporary analysis of noise in music etc). This project is also taking a practice-research approach to considering these issues, initiating a series of sonic-arts experiments to investigate the creative possibilities of remediated material and its relation to signal, information and noise.