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We have been slowly creating web-formatted versions of movies made for SeismoDome, and putting them up on Vimeo (ad-free! and high quality!), on our new seismicsoundlab site:

vimeo_logoWe will keep adding these and embed them into this site in various ways…. coming soon…

Also, we will hopefully/probably be doing SeismoDome IV in late Fall, 2016…

Also, check out recent reviews of SeismoDome III and our work in general in Vice, TimeOut and SciArt in America.


We’re doing it again…  and better… and its still FREE !  Thursday, January 14th, 2016, 7 pm!  We know you have nothing better to do that night.

But you must REGISTER !  Go HERE to register !  Waves

Seismicity in Nepal

We have just produced a movie of seismicity (earthquake patterns in space and time) in the region of the Himalaya centered on Nepal, to demonstrate the context for the recent M7.8 earthquake on April 25, 2015, that had terrible consequences for many many people. This movie represents 42 years of seismicity in the Nepal region, with all earthquakes above M3.5 (from the ANSS catalog). The size of each dot represents the magnitude, while the color scales with depth; blue indicates shallow upper crust, increasing to purple, then red and then orange (the “Key” is here ). The orange earthquakes are > 50 km, and are mostly in the subducting plate. The lack of earthquakes to the west of the April 25th, 2015 earthquake and its aftershocks indicates a potentially elevated risk in that region. The sounds are generated from a library of tiny earthquake sounds (“granules”) that we created.

SeismoDome! Save the Dates: June 25th + November TBA, 2014


After much delay in finalizing the date of our show on earthquakes (unofficially called “Seismodome”, see the blurb below) in the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, here it is! The show will happen twice this year, starting with a “preview” on Wednesday night, *June 25th*, and then the big show, sometime in *November, 2014*, exact date TBD. The preview will be associated with the ICAD (International Conference on Auditory Display) meeting at NYU in June. The second show will be associated with the opening of the “Nature Unleashed” exhibit at the AMNH.

We are now on the AMNH calendar, and there is a number to call to reserve your seat, at

(The show is free, but you must make a reservation!)

SeismoDome: Sights and Sounds of Earthquakes and Global Seismology

What is an earthquake? Why are they unpredictable? How do we use the “seismic waves” emitted from an earthquake to make images of the Earth’s deep interior? What do those images tell us about where and why earthquakes occur? To explore these questions, we will fill the planetarium dome with seismic waves moving through the planet and the complex patterns of earthquake locations through time and space, using the Hayden’s full 24 channel sound system and 194.6 degree screen. With movies and sounds, we will examine five earthquakes from the last decade — in California, Haiti, Sumatra, Japan and Kamchatka — as if we were out in space and then deep inside the planet, far from the sometimes catastrophic consequences for humans. You will emerge with an altered view of our planet and our place in it.

Co-seismic Piano @ “Entertaining Science”


On Sunday December 1, 2013, at 6:00 pm in the West Village, in a small basement theater, a small representation of a large thing will happen. As part of the long-running “Entertaining Science” series organized by Roald Hoffman and David Sulzer at the Cornelia Street Cafe, we (Jason Candler, Jason Moran and Ben Holtzman) will be presenting our collaborative thing (music mingling with a science lecture) entitled “Co-seismic Piano”. Candler and Holtzman have been making sounds and movies using seismic data since 2006, to bring an understanding to people of this natural phenomenon. We have always emphasized the understanding of the natural phenomenon as separate and distinct from the consequences of earthquakes for humanity and people’s lives. In working with Jason Moran to bring music into this picture, we quickly decided to abandon that approach, as humanity is inescapable in music. Instead, we dive in to the question of scale: How can music and earthquake sounds give us a sense of the magnitude of these events relative to the scale of our own lives?  These days, Moran has in mind a piece by Schubert, “Der Doppelgänger”, and an array of Chicago Blues, that lie on some extremities of human experience.  Somehow, when mingling with seismic sounds, they narrate the Earth and a human life before an earthquake, after an earthquake, before the next earthquake…

We will present a musical lecture in three units.

Co-seismic Piano @ “Entertaining Science”
Sunday, December 1, 6:00 pm,
Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia Street, NY NY 10014