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FANFARE FOR SATOSHI NAKAMOTO [鉱山]



Four-channel audio, Minecraft objects and soil.


This audio work is based on real-time sonification of the Bitcoin blockchain. The sonic environment of the mining mountain represents data scraped from developer APIs, translating the consensus algorithm into a sensory experience.

Blockchain is based on peer-to-peer (P2P) networking: a decentralised ledger is held and updated by each participant. Network users send each other digital tokens, and transactions are verified by miners solving mathematical problems. This particular algorithm – Proof-of-Work (PoW) – relies on computational power, and the complexity of puzzles is in flux based on the total power of the network, currently accounting for an estimated 0.3% of electricity consumed worldwide. Alternative systems are in development to address this issue, such as Proof-of-Space (PoSpace) that works by allocating disk space rather than computation to run the network.

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Version 1.0. Written in Python, using OSCulator to translate OSC into MIDI and Ableton Live/M4L for audio. Requests from Bitcoin Developer APIs.