Available for purchase

“I am sitting in a machine;” consists of two parts. One part is a web page application. The other part is a limited edition dubplate record consisting of 30 units. Both works are available for purchase. If you are interested in buying, just read further.


I am sitting in a machine; is an algorithmic work that begins with a recording of an artificial human voice reciting a text which is then run through an MP3 encoder over and over again. With each iteration of the loop, one may hear the artefacts of the encoding process reinforcing themselves and gradually distorting the artificial human voice by revealing its data format.
The work is a hommage to composer Alvin Lucier’s 1969 piece I Am Sitting in a Room. The work consists of two parts. The first part is a limited edition, 30 unit dubplate vinyl. The second is a web page application distributed via the Internet. In both renderings, there are 32 tracks selected from 3000 successive iterations of the 128 kbps 44.1 kHz MP3 encoding.

Exhibition View


Web Version

I am sitting in a machine; (Web Version)
For machine voice and computer;
Size: variable
Material: screen, computer, custom-made computer program, headphones

Please find the real-time web version of I am sitting in a machine; here:
I am sitting in a machine; (Web Version)

Please note: Mobile browsers are not supported. Please use a desktop web browser (the work is optimized for Firefox and Chrome).

Dubplate Record Version

I am sitting in a machine;
For machine voice and computer; (Limited Edition of 30)
Size: 31,5 x 31,5 cm
Material: Dubplate (Acetate)
Record Label: Flipping the Coin Records


Record Version: The price for the record version is 500,- € (Edition of 30 + 5AP`s).
Web Version: The price for the web version on request.
Record + Web Version: The price for both, the web version and the record version, on request.

Each work is signed, numbered and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

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Ordering & Dubplate Record Distribution

The vinyl distribution is handled through Flipping the Coin.
If you are interested in purchasing either the dubplate record or the web page application itself, please get in touch with me ( shop [at] martinbackes dot com ) or directly with Flipping the Coin. The vinyl version is strictly limited to 30 units. You will receive a reply with all needed information to place an order.

Blog Entry and personal Notes

You can read some personal notes about what the project is all about right here: Blog entry and personal notes