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Guest sound: What does cloud computing sound like?

BCU_DATA_CENTREA submission from musician and composer Matt Parker today, who sends these spacey, industrial sounds from the data centre at Birmingham City University (pictured), as part of an ongoing project around data centres and cloud computing more generally.

Matt explains: “I have been working on capturing recordings of Data Centres and turning them into compositions. I am hoping to travel to some “DCs” across Europe over the course of the next year and taking their unique and intense sounds and creating some interesting sounds from them.

“The idea is to highlight the physical nature of ‘cloud computing’ and to remind people that whilst their phones might be sat silently in their pockets, somewhere out there, a huge hive of hard drives and fans is spinning around frantically; managing our digital identities. My most recent visit was to a recently built and highly praised medium sized data centre at Birmingham City University in Edgbaston Birmingham.”

Some great sounds, and you can keep an eye on the rest of Matt’s work over here.

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