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Norbert Herber


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Norbert Herber (1973) is a musician and a sound artist. His work explores the relationship between people and sound within mediated environments—spaces created by software, sensors, speakers, and other mediating technologies. This music is more likely to be heard on a personal computer, mobile device, or installation space than on CD or vinyl. Field recordings, live instruments, and electronics are brought together in an ever-changing, generative mix of texture and tone that leverages the processing capabilities of contemporary technology to create music specific to a place and time.

Much of this work is described as Amergent music, a style created in and of mediated environments. It synthesizes the becoming and emergence of mediated interaction with generative processes and ambient aesthetics. The act of music-making involves seeded sound potential and presence in a mediated environment where sound, in the flow of interaction and generative processes, is experienced as a becoming of music.

Whereas effect is a result, emergence is a behavior. The patterns of a cellular automata or swarm algorithm are visually evident as an effect—or result—of a simple rule set. Where affect is a physical and mental sensation in the flow of becoming, amergence is a phenomenon of consciousness. It characterizes emergent behavior with an additional, affective dimension. Amergence refers to a qualitative behavior of potential. In a mediated world emergence is a given, but through further listening and observation (to entend in the Lefebvrian sense of noticing and understanding) there is amergence. It reveals subjective details of the emergent behavior that surrounds us.

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