Banality of Affect v1 is online:
[Some streaming issues still being solved...]
The Banality of Affect is an audiovisual installation and real-time
net-art project which problematizes the commodification of emotions via
new media and the ecology of (sonic) affect.
Data streams from Twitter and the Dutch stock market influence the
emotional output of the music with a “corrective” function. This is
undertaken by assessing incoming tweets from top five trance music DJs
(Armin Van Buuren, Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk, Ferry Corsten and Sander Van
Doorn) and five top news agencies (Reuters, BBC News, Russia Today, CNN
and Al Jazeera). The tweets are assigned numerical emotional values
(from -5 to +5), which are used to influence the euphoric or disphoric
output of the generated music in real-time. Good news allows for more
melancholic music, bad news enforces more euphoria. Fluctuations of the
Dutch stock market alter the speed of the music; a turn for the worse
increases the tempo, an increase in its value lets the tempo slow pace.