In his generative real-time radio installation ~NOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW~ Thomas Wagensommerer deals intensively with the complex of time and space. The slowly changing sound stream can be heard online around the clock. Its source is an excerpt of five seconds duration: the word "now" from the pop song "It's All Coming Back To Me Now" by Celine Dion from 1996. The artist uses this short piece of present time to generate a constant audio stream for 365 days with the help of various small applications that are mutually dependent, support and feed each other. Not only the microstructures of the sound, but from time to time also the computations of the computer that generates the audio stream can be heard, every time someone in the short news service Twitter uses the #NOW. So five seconds become 31556952 seconds.
Thomas Wagensommerer refers in ~NOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW~ to the computer simulation model World3. This model allows to predict the interactions of the systems agriculture, industry, population, non-renewable resources and pollution into a far future (100+ years) and thus to forecast the possible effects on the economic and ecological structure of the future.
~NOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW~ by Thomas Wagensommerer has been created as a prelude to the new series KONTINUUM by Deutschlandfunk Kultur and Ö1 Kunstradio in cooperation with the CTM Festival Berlin. Starting in 2020, the two radio stations will annually commission a generative composition. Excerpts from the Klangstrom will appear regularly in the radio drama and feature program or in the radio art program of the stations. If a piece is shorter than the intended broadcasting time, the free time is filled with the project of the series KONTINUUM.
CTM Radiolab – Kontinuum