Episode 085 – Akash Sharma | Experimental artist, Archaeoacoustics conservationist, & Founder of Sound.Codes


Akash Sharma is an experimental artist, archaeoacoustic conservationist, and the founder of Sound.Codes.

Listen to his journey from growing up in Mumbai and studying computers and music, to now helping preserve sound heritage and acoustic signatures via multiple open-source projects!

Sound.Codes is a research lab that encompasses Akash’s diverse interests. This entity showcases the world of sound through avant-garde multimedia projects.

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Rivona cave

Akash develops custom hardware and platform agnostic software to assist audio enthusiasts. Akash also builds his own field recording binaural microphone named as Kaan. This is available on a made-to-order basis.

Kaan

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Keep an ear out for his immersive audio experiences and interactive installations that pop up across the world.

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Algorave event

Akash is an integral part of Algorave India, which is the regional chapter of Algorave, a global algorithmic dance culture movement. He creates live music using computer codes under the aliases Substance_D and/or Old Squirrel.

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KarmaQuad

Akash established a studio called KarmaQuad at the village of Kalga in the Indian Himalayas.  It features an quadraphonic room, an electronic lab, a woodworking lab, and an oven.

8 knobs – Lac du Lavitel

Also mentioned in this episode
423hz vs 440 hzAbhinay KhoparziAcousticsAcoustic explorations of Goan heritageAcoustic levitation – Aguada underground watertank – Ajanta cavesAlex McLean – Anna – Arvalem cavesAmbisonic roomArchaeoacousticsArchaeological Survey of IndiaArchaeologyArchive.OrgArctic Code VaultArea 51Arunachal PradeshAssamAum – Bärenzwinger, Berlin – Bhakti – Basilica of Bom JesusBuddhism – Campal – Carnatic musicChalukya dynasty – Chalukya caves – Concert pitchDavid AttenboroughDhanya PiloEMF microphonesEqual Temperament ScaleFibonacciFontainhasGanjamGharanaGitHubGoethe-Institut Max Muller Bhavan MumbaiGong bathsHampiHinduismHoysalaJainismJoshua “Tig3rbabu” ThomasKalga, Himachal Pradesh – Kinesthetic experience – Lodhi – Memory effect on water – Mimosa leavesNapoleon BonaparteNeumannNinjaNortheastern Hill UniversityOrchestra settingPassion MeterPenha de França church, Goa – Plantoid – Raia – Right to repair – Rivona cavesSamuraiSiang districtSleep concerts – Sonic restoration – Sound healing – Sound heritage – SoundTrek – Sufi in IndiaTambdi Surla temple – Tantra – The Musafir Stories (Meghalaya episode)The Story OfUsgalimal rock carvingsVedic chantsVittala temple

Timestamps for reference
05:00 Music and performing, as Algorave
07:17 What does Akash do in the realm of sound?
08:42 What is archaeoacoustics?
10:26 Use of archaeoacoustics in the modern day
11:53 How does gathering data for archaeoacoustics work?
16:20 Collecting audio data from a space
19:12 What is acoustic signature?
20:01 What is Sound Heritage?
23:55 Akash’s work involves capturing sonic snapshots of spaces
26:19 Akash’s first experience of resonating caves
29:18 Projects in the Northeast of India
30:53 Transitioning interest in sound into projects
33:00 Covering Goan archaeological sites for sound heritage
41:17 How can a layman experience sound heritage?
45:12 Some of Akash’s favorite projects – Plantoid
49:10 Project with ITC to gamify nightclub experiences
54:23 Another highlight project
01:01:13 Kaan in a cage in Berlin
01:08:36 What is Sound.Codes?
01:11:14 Human-machine relationships
01:13:52 Humans, machines, and sustainability
01:18:49 Kaan – a binaural microphone
01:23:14 The beauty of binaural sounds
01:26:18 Spirituality, psychedelics, and civilizations
01:31:13 Sacred spaces and sounds
01:33:02 Acoustic levitation
01:38:19 Musical pillars in temples across India
01:42:00 The story behind 423 Hz cosmic frequency
01:45:20 Chants, 108, and cosmic frequency
01:48:42 Indigenous people and their relation to sounds in sacred spaces
01:51:55 Is there acoustic communication between plants and trees?
01:56:06 Sites, sounds, and emotions
01:58:44 Use of sound in healing and medicine
02:04:58 Archiving contemporary civilization digitally
02:11:30 Gharana music project
02:17:10 Algorave India
02:21:13 KarmaQuad
02:22:58 Upcoming projects

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Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8
Music by Nordgroove from Fugue

Episode background tunes courtesy of YouTube Audio Library
Orient
 by SefChol
Sonic by Lish Grooves
Sunset Riddim by Konrad OldMoney

All photographs by Akash Sharma, Algorave India, & Sound.Codes, unless otherwise stated.


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