Map Corps: University #20 monolith.xml

@infinitedigits this sounds so cool. have you tried anything like this before?

@Zeke_B @geoffroy :smiley: any topics you’re curious about? this is going to be a weekly content drip and we can always use new ideas for topics to cover.


I haven’t - totally new to me. it was super fun to explore it in SuperCollider. the step-by-step patterns helped a lot

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this probably common knowledge for us 2018-era liners but less concepts (the album) is 100% filter pings which is pretty amazing


Posted today: 3 species of filter pings in SuperCollider with code and audio.


Formaldehyde, Finnegan, fermium, fen. I’m trying to apply what I’ve learned of from studying the floating islands all around me in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Unlike the sonderous eddies in the Sargasso Sea, this place is undulating and uneasy. My compass spins north, but then ticks counterclockwise with each heartbeat of everyone I love.
We plot maps between points in our past and places in our future.


~~ i’m documenting the main content of the post here as it will change ~~

Map Corps is a mapcore netlabel and university spawned from the performances at Flash Crash, the ongoing discourse in the Teletype Study Group, and the Maps with Trent series. “Mapcore” is a new microgenre that we’re still trying to understand.

The Netlabel

This is the (not yet final) artwork for our first release: MAPSQUEST. It comes out July 4th. This mapcore primer is a compilation featuring:

  • license
  • run riot run
  • Crystal Crumb
  • colmkil
  • What We Talk About
  • Mahanahan
  • Inconvenient Body
  • romjay
  • Sent≠Received
  • reg.barkley
  • LA EL
  • scanner darkly
  • Konstantine
  • Non Verbal Poetry
  • Obakegaku
  • Alanza

We conceived of this project last Monday. Here’s the creative brief. It was co-authored by the artists, along with some extra input from @desolationjones who plugged our breif into a GPT-J AI model:


Venturing across the psychogeography of the soundmap. Microgenres, micropolitics, microlandscapes. Space is treated as the dead, the fixed, the undialectical, the immobile. Time, on the contrary, is richness, fecundity, life, dialectic. We are on a quest for maps which invert this dichotomy — rhythm as an exploration of space rather than time. A moment is a movement; a minute: a mile. Releasing infinity from the palimpsest of our hands. Maps are interim reports, they interpret space in a moment, they do not time travel, they operate on a plane perpendicular to our perception. We, the time-travelers, must look to the future to find maps for today. Now, we attempt to sketch out this kind of territory, these Sapir-Whorf harmonics, capturing whatever we make while unfinding our ways. A virology of timbres as studied through an adversarial network on a MacBook, wet.

Psychogeography — how people imagine space — in the colonial context gets deeply embedded and embodied in both the colonizer and the colonized, though not in the same way. The colonial interaction redefines the space for both parties. Maps, in cartographer Tim Robinson’s estimation, are “interim reports” of a version of these changing definitions, but he is attempting to define space for the post-colonial context, where earlier mappings had defined it for the colonizer. His maps reflect both “real and spectral spaces”, in the vein of “deep maps” — a map of a place not divorced from the people who are there, but for those people. The “rational” mapping is the logic of the colonizer and is not rational for the people living the experience of the mapped environment.

Maps are a powerful interface between humans and the earth: the map is the representation of man’s sense of the world, he had before him and used it for his material needs. The world is defined in this perspective as a world with relative order and contrast, and within that, a topological representation of space in time, from which he can perceive the conditions of his existence, like the thing and the people around him, and the whole Earth as an object of study.

A territory that is always already defined — we can’t reach it. The effect is like a dream of God, without time — but it is equally defined by our narration. You are in it. A map allows one to think about the location and therefore make oneself believe one exists. It places one there, with an identity and a position within its world and its power. You are put under power by a map that shows your identity.

“This,” [the Echo Hunter] said, “is my last visit to this valley; it was once a favourite spot of mine, but the presence of man has tainted it.” After we had parted about ten minutes, a few discordant notes of his bugle awakened a thousand more discordant echoes, and I never saw him more!

The University

The University of Maps is a weekly content node for practical mapcore poetics. This autofictional account will satisfy both the scientist with detailed step-by-step instructions as well the romanticist with non-deterministic whimsy.

The first week finds our cohort of @license, @Galapagoose, and @tyleretters awashed ashore a floating island in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The travelers reflect on the environment and learn how to create percussive sounds with a technique known as “filter pinging.” Detailed instructions for how to reproduce this phenomenon are documented in both SuperCollider and eurorack contexts. An RSS feed is also available.

Mission & Praxis

Map Corps exists to inspire, educate, and connect electronic music synthesis in the exploration of the strange new sonic frontier known as mapcore. We hope you join us on this journey. Here’s some tunes that may or may not be mapcore: [1] [2] [3]

How You Can Participate

  • Make your own mapcore!
  • Philosophize about what mapcore is and isn’t.
  • Engage with the university lessons and share back what you discover.
  • Write articles for the university.
  • Help design and code the university. (We’re working on the “ASCII map” now.)
  • Finally learn how to use git and GitHub with us! We have plenty of mentors and a live learning page just for this.

new post up:

What is Mapcore Anyway?

I’m going to attempt to explain, in plain words, what I understand the observable elements mapcore to be. These are:

  1. Alive
  2. Process
  3. Lineage
  4. Communal
  5. Ostinato
  6. Electronics
  7. Otherness
  8. Emergence
  9. Coupling
  10. Recursive

Metaphysical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of mapcore are for another post.

To set context, I wrote a short poem, then we’ll get to the formal elements:

the mushroom grows
where spores land,
from wind or bird or snake or hand.

but will it dream
of something grand,
if fiercely held and darkly planned?


thank you for being weird*

*truly amazing


I’m having a few eureka moments reading this. Placing a few of my favorite artists into the mapcore box, shaking it around. I would be quick to broaden it out beyond the ‘livecoding’ and ‘teletype’ contexts from which it arose, as it seems @tyleretters is also keen on doing. Mapcore is process music, petri dish music. Germination and mulch music, termite music. Traditional music theory concerns are replaced, deepened, or situated within concerns around discrete control systems, information processes and flow, ad hoc feedback modeling, etc. Echoes of cybernetics and systems art?

At the same time, it’s music that often sounds organic, blooming, holistic, and, well, alive rather than cold or mechanistic. I think that arises not only from spontaneity and improvisation, but also from something more curious. It’s almost like mapcore artists are interested in harnessing all of these formidable systems and convolutions in the service of dreaming about, say, the swaying of wheat fields or the eddying of kelp fronds. Maybe there’s an element of oneiricism, as well as a tendency to embrace messiness and off-grid, fluid temporality.


@glia you’re welcome. what stands out to you the most?

@naxuu i really enjoy the framing of “petri dish music” and the gestures towards a more sublime integrated reality.

a new post is up, which i am crossposting in totality here:

Tore Us Not Apart, But Torus Around

We awoke ensconced in a warm fog.

“The Vactrol Mist,” someone only half said.

For we had each been split in two!

A kitten meows -

STOP! Fre(ez)e time. Capture it. Be present for a single moment and:

Imagine the meow, but 3D-printed. It might look something like a crystalline sphere: a dense latticework of self-similar patterns at the core expanding in all directions to the “fuzzy” outer reaches of silence. Come to think of it, the sphere is perhaps more of a torus, for the kitten sits in the center thereby dampening the sound.

This torus, in this single moment in time represents a single, infinitesimally small slice of the meow. A bit rate of infinity.

Now, in your mind, move forward a single, infinitesimally small moment into the future. The torus has changed. Those crystalline structures each swam along their own invisible parabolic vectors. Always away and never null. These structures are made from differing densities of nothing. (Air.)

Slice the torus in two, like an onion. Dip the onion in red paint and press it to the wall. Gently though! There are some very fine lines that are very close to one another! Even though this is paint, it is now the sound.

Now, in your mind, release time! Watch the red ring dance on the wall as the meow grows in volume. The ring disappears to nothingness as the meow tapers off to silence. Let this blinking meow play in a pleasant loop.

Now, see things as they really are.

This blinking ring on the wall (that is not the sound (but also is the sound)) is a computer screen. Freezing and releasing time is my thumb on the space-bar key.

Unfortunately, my thumb was also on the other side of the room. We had been sliced in half, just as audio. Perhaps we had become audio. Indeed, at least one of us was in “AUDIO ONLY” mode just a few moments ago…

Wave Editing

This is the level of abstraction the synthesist must work with if they wish to use their eyes.

This is the level of abstraction the synthesist must work with if they wish to use their eyes: a blinking ring on the wall. It is perhaps the most remarkable piece of synesthetic technology in existence. But for some tasks, it is suited not.

The Vactrol Mist was deepening in hue. The waters of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch were choppy today. White noise foamed all around. Time felt limited, even though time was the same.

“To reconstruct ourselves,” Trent half said, “we must use OR logic.”

Certain analog sound computers allow for mathematical operations such as SUM, OR, AND. These operations allow you to isolate, split, combine, and erase certain geometries of sound and voltage.

Destroying sound is easy. But can you heal it?

Can you reconstruct the sliced torus meow with its other half? With 100% accuracy? Down to the atomic tip of each fiber of silence? And, when you, finally so confident confident in your spatial precision, when you finally tap your thumb to the space-bar to fre(ez)e time again, will both halves play perfectly in precision?

Violence is simple and sudden. Convalescence requires grace.

I powered up my mapdeck and got to work reconstructing that which tore us not apart, but torus around…


New post up by @renegog and me (mostly renegog)

Queer Messy Maps

Featuring great words like:

A map might suggest possible destinations, 
but there is no promise that you’ll arrive or that your 
destination might not change along the way. 
Travel is messy; Straight lines and Straight time are constructions, 
elisions of lived experience.


Make an unpleasant sound, tangle an unintelligible knot, 
make a huge mess and give yourself the time and space to explore it. 
This may or may not be mapscore.

learn how to make noises like this!

And much, much more, with this latest edition of mapiversity!


our compilation is coming out in a few days. here’s my track:

and we have a new university post from @tehn:


Great track and great post!


ha, and it’s post #10 :wink: … i see what ya mapped there :face_with_monocle:

:clap: :heart:


@rajaTheResidentAlien cross my heart hope to die stick a needle in my eye it was a coincidence

@Zeke_B thanks!! yeah i was really impressed by @renegog and @nonverbalpoetry 's piece. gave me a lot of new perspectives.


I’m a fly on the wall of the house that mapcorps builds, and it feels to me maybe a bit like a map of the House of Leaves, or like each time you open your GPS a different layer is turned on, like one time it shows peak foliageviewing, and another we see the geological composition of surface minerals, then what restaurants are open until midnight, then how slime mold would distribute itself compared to the Interstate Freeway system.
I’m super into it. Sending appreciation to y’all.


Love everything going on with this series so far!

Just wanted to pop in to say to @nonverbalpoetry that the video you posted has inspired me about Teletype/modular in a way that I haven’t really felt before (although I have seen so many builds/systems on lines). Just the ergonomics of how you’ve set up the modular, with the grid and the keyboard made me realise that it’s just one console/machine that you can sit in front of and make wonders with. Mine is probably the least interesting insight in this whole thread but that was just a “wow” moment for me! Thanks for sharing.


Modular cyberdecks are mapcore!!

Thanks :slight_smile: I was heavily inspired by that thread linked above. I live in a really small space (barge) so having everything compact and packable is super important! I have learnt from experience that if it’s too sprawling and there are too many power sockets to plug in and satellite devices to chain up I can never motivate myself to set it up and make music.

@zulianis easel setup also somewhat inspired this all in one console setup I have :slight_smile:

And more generally, thanks everyone for the love on the post. Can only speak for myself and not @renegog but parts of it felt really personal and important, and seeing people enjoy it feels real nice.


I’m loving this piece @nonverbalpoetry ! Steve Reich meets modem!


I find this really funny because literally the patch before this I was using actual dial up modem samples!