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SETI AIR Newsletter - March 2022

SETI AIR Newsletter - March 2022

SETI AIR Newsletter




Bettina Forget

In recent weeks, Carl Sagan’s iconic quote from his book Pale Blue Dot keeps coming to my mind:

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. […]

To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.

This much-cited passage illustrates that a change of perspective can foster poignant insights. Scientists and artists are especially adept at this kind of meta-thinking, inspired by their shared appreciation of nature and their penchant for critical inquiry. And as long as we have that, there’s hope for the future. 




Artist Spotlight


Daedelus (Alfred Darlington): What does the future sound like?

Daedelus is a trailblazing artist, DJ, and producer, who has been active in electronic music for the past 20 years. They have been at the forefront of many ground-breaking performance techniques, from working with early prototypical Monome controllers to cutting edge modular systems, as well as A/V shows that are robotic, volumetric, and interactive. Their SETI AIR project (un)Earthed is a sonic experience that immerses the listener in the SETI Institute’s ongoing search for technosignals. As part of this creative work, Daedelus has released a sample pack of space sounds that are meant to update the outmoded synth effects so often used in electronic music and video production.

Check out their SETI-inspired sample pack here:

Read more about the (un)Earthed sample pack on MusicTech:





Can the Sonification of the Mind Help us to Communicate with the Universe?

SETI Artist in Residence Mike von der Nahmer talks about his (utopian) idea that we may be able to understand the complexities of the brain and, possibly, the cosmos, through audible representation.



SETI AIR Artist News & Events


Xin Liu

Xin Liu NFT release

This NFT series is based on data collected with an antenna that is installed in Hong Kong. It captures the radio signals of three retired NOAA satellites that pass over the city approximately four times a day. The images are taken as the satellites pass overhead and are broadcasted back to the ground in real-time.

Read more about the project here:


Earthling Project Gallery Preview

The Earthling Project Gallery

The Earthling Project conceived by Felipe Pérez Santiago in partnership with Jill Tarter, now features an art gallery that accepts submissions from the public. The Earthling Art Gallery is directed and curated by Lisa Marie Persaud.

Browse the artworks and see submission guidelines:


Miami Film Festival

Felipe Pérez Santiago wins the Best Music Award

Felipe Pérez Santiago wins the Best Music Award at the Miami Film Festival for the score he wrote for the film "AMALGAMA" by Carlos Cuarón.


Library of the Great Silence by Jonathon Keats - Modernism Gallery

Jonathon Keats Exhibition

Launch: March 10, 2022 • San Francisco, CA

The Library of the Great Silence
At Modernism Inc.
Viewing by Appointment





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