Introducing nextcasts: Our Podcast Series Exploring the Emergent Future

Introducing nextcasts

Presented by swissnex San Francisco, nextcasts is a platform to share conversations with the interesting people we connect with, and ideas on the forces shaping the emergent future.

In our first episode, we present a conversation with Jonathon Keats exploring the future of human and machine interaction. Keats, the Chief Visionary Officer behind the Mental Work showcase, is an experimental philosopher, and has been described as a “poet of ideas” by The New Yorker and a “multimedia philosopher-prophet” by The Atlantic.

nextcast Opening Theme

The sound composition was produced in collaboration with Sean Clarke, an experimental sound composer who undertook a residency with DART at swissnex San Francisco in 2018. The idea for the opening theme began with something fundamental to this podcast – innovation. nextcast will be contemplating and debating with people swissnex connects with about the next steps in human innovation, and Clarke wanted to introduce that by building an aural crescendo of innovative technologies and moments in history that have led us to this point in time. Think of it as a “…previously in ‘Human Innovation!’” highlighting key points in the history of humankind, guided by some of the most influential and groundbreaking inventions and discoveries. From the initial spark of fire to technologies pushing the boundaries of space travel, the sounds selected were based on subjective opinion and artistic license. Clarke would like to think the audience might isolate specific sounds the more they hear the piece.

Sean Clarke Biography

Sean Clarke is an experiential sound composer, he has written scores for film, television and games. His traditional training in performance, composition and sound engineering has led him to some unusual interdisciplinary collaborations. Where his past knowledge has supported his interest in the contextualised perception of sound and music as a trigger for emotional and behavioural responses. His work has been exhibited and screened internationally and has incorporated film and sound art projects.

Notable works include awarded residencies for example ‘Radical dB’ at Etopia, Spain for his work ‘Acoustic Osteology,’ a speculative sound piece that considered ways to use ultrasound technologies to code music into the body. ‘Drones with Desires,’ an artwork for which Clarke wrote a neuro soundscape that played as part of an algorithm based on MRI brain data. And a recent collaborative research project that is still in progress titled ‘RE/ME’ which was part of a residency with DART and swissnex San Francisco. RE/ME’s interdisciplinary team created an experiential tool and installation to generate data from vibrotactile and sound stimulation.