I/Osonic, the Weimar contribution to the international net art project 'Sound Drifting - I silenzi parlano tro loro' could be heard in Weimar and surroundings as a permanent sound installation. It lasted for more than 108 hours from the evening of 01.09.1999 until the morning of 06.09.1999. OnSite - by means of an eight-channel installation in the attic of the Limona; OnAir - via the local university radio on 106.6 MHz VHF and cable-net on 107.25 MHz; and OnLine (mono) on the Internet via MPEG3 and RealAudio streams.

The three different elements shared a common source: the sound streams received via the Internet from the other 'Sound Drifting' projects plus the 'Weimar Sound Landscape'. There were three of the audio streams from the Sound Drifting projects fed into the I/Osonic system at all times. Two of these streams were processed in real time by means of granular synthesis while the third - usually the stream from "A MIC", the open microphone of the Belgrade sub-project - was mixed in directly and unprocessed. The sound from the 'Weimar Sound Landscape' was provided by four directional microphones positioned outside on the balconies on the corners of the Limona's roof.

The 'instruments' of the granular synthesis received their material by browsing automatically through the sound streams of the sub-projects. The synthesis of other sounds from this material was in constant flux as the parameters of the instruments varied continuously between numerous fixed settings. The decision as to which settings to select took place in accordance with different random mathematic alogarithms. Throughout I/Osonic neither the setting of the automated systems for processing the sound and, in the case of the OnSite Installation, for moving the sound, nor the position of the microphones were changed.

On Site:
The sound installation space on the glass roof of the 'Limona', a former soft-drink factory at Steubenstrasse 8 in the centre of Weimar, was open to the public 24 hours , around the clock. For the installarion in the Limona roof, the mix (described above) was audible by means of an eight-channel speaker matrix which allowed the sounds to be moved around the room in accordance with certain patterns. Thus, it was possible to audibly differentiate the finely-meshed net of the sound structures in spite of the frequent occurrence of background noise. The glass walls of the Limona roof, on the sixth floor , offered a magnificent view of the entire city.
The four directional microphones were visibly installed and the sounds recorded on the street below as well as the distant, but identifiable, sound marks of the city - such as the bells of the palace tower or of the Herder church - could be directly related to the visible and audible exterior space. Two computers connected to the internet informed the visitors to the installation about the entire project.
In order to expand I/Osonic into the visual public space of the Weimar region - and to inform people about the I/Osonic installation and media activities - the group responsible for graphic design produced and distributed 6,000 postcards and flyers and 300 screen-printed DIN A2 posters.

On Air:
The radio version was broadcast as a radio sculpture in a special stereo mix in which the possibilities of the movement of sound were adapted to the radio medium. The radio and net transmissions were also broadcast around the clock, interrupted only by rare and short information spots about 'Sound Drifting'. These journalistic contributions - previously broadcast in the area of Erfurt-Weimar by the free radio stations 'RadioFrei' and 'RadioLotte' - were produced and narrated by participants who worked primarily on the I/Osonic radio manifestation.

On Line:
On the Internet I/Osonic ran a public web site as a form of manifestation by which the sound stream from Weimar could be selected in various stages of compression. The page informed about the Weimar participation and offered links to all sub-projects; they, in turn, were supplied with the I/Osonic mix by means of a server belonging to the project.

I/Osonic, Weimar 's contibiution to Sound Drifting, was organised as university project run by students. The foundation for participation in such a project was laid in 1997 when three students of the group 'Netzklang' began to co-operate in and from the telecommunications media. This research was inspired and greatly influenced by the Austrian radio program 'Kunstradio' with projects such as 'Horizontal Radio' and 'Immersive Sound'. Following the invitation to participate in Sound Drifting, an interdisciplinary group around 'Netzklang' was formed and organised in a decentralised manner. After a joint evaluation of the available resources, the partial areas were divided among sub-groups who worked independently. The problems and developments arising, in particular in the field of editing, were discussed jointly twice a week. Hence, the design and web-design groups co-operated closely to create for I/Osonic a uniform visual image
As the result of intense communication, combined with the self-determined work of each and every one, it was possible to achieve a result which came as a surprise to all participants. Both on the technical as well as on the individual personal level the experience of the project was very rewarding for everyone involved as the major part of what we were doing was new and being tried for the first time. The sound system itself was laid out in a way that made it impossible to anticipate what I/Osonic would ultimately sound like. Hence, we were all excited to realise that we had created something by which it had become possible to experience 'Sound Drifting' in Weimar as a global net art event with the participating sound artists continuously supplying different sound material to the net.
The last day of the broadcasting week: I was on night duty feeling tired and decided to lie on my back in the circle of speakers - in my half-asleep state the sounds were woven into images and I felt an incredible notion of being able to listen with all my senses into an immeasurable space - thanks to a network reaching across the world; as if I were a secret listener who had silently entered a huge and pulsating organism able to hear noises from within a large body. And below, underneath the stairway, you were in front of the computers carefully holding this thin thread in place and connecting our network with the others. To me the whole thing seemed very much alive, it developed its own mysterious dynamics."

I/Osonic were:

Martin Bellardi (radio design)
Saskia Benger (graphic design)
Daniel Fischer (web design and server configuration)
Sascha Jaeck (graphic design)
Andreas Krach (organisation and sound system)
Heiko Lochas (sound system)
Jana Rogge (graphic design)
Franka Rose (radio design)
Sebastian Schlunk (web design)
Dr. Ing. Günther Schatter (advice and assistance)
Johannes Sienknecht (organisation and sound system)
Jan Trützschler (sound system)

as well as the system administration staff of the Faculty for Media (who helped us with many computers) and the members of the group ' Data Communication Nets'of the Bauhaus University (who helped us with a lot of band width)

I/Osonic was produced at SeaM - Studio for electro-accoustic Music at the Academy for Music "Franz Liszt" and at the Bauhaus University, both in Weimar - with particular assistance by the course ' Experimental Radio' of the Faculty for Media.