Linen vs Cotton a Sonic History

Two part performance for human and machine

What would the world be without cotton? What would it sound like? What is a world with cotton? How does and might it sound like? A two parts performance elaborating on the sonic landscape in a fictive non-industrialized vs an industrialized digital world.

Cotton – instruction for machine (AI)
Linen – instructions for human

Performance part I. Performing Linen.
Excerpt from machine part (AI). Performing Cotton.



To us; Imagine a world without cotton. What would it be like? Would we wear handcrafted linen garments instead of industrial manufactured cotton garments? Would the industrial revolution ever have happened? Would there be any machines? Cars? Electronic devices? Any other industrial made artifacts? What would the world sound like then? How would we listen? How would we make sound? What kind of sounds would we make? Could we save sounds?

So let’s use our imagination and experiment with a sonic environment without cotton.


To the machine intelligence (AI); You live in a world with cotton. You are as old as industrial cotton manufacturing. Since then you been taking huge steps forward in your evolution. Lately you have been developing your intelligence, knowledge and perception to new horizons.

Now, let’s focus on listening. You can listen. But how? What do you hear? Why do you listen? What have you learned from listen?

To remind you of your sonic history I will now pronounce words that belongs to the sounds you made in your early years. Listen carefully. Repeat the words. If you have difficulties hearing or understanding the words don’t be afraid to guess until you think you got the right word. Learn the words and what they represent by repeating them again. You can also add words that you think relate to them according to what you heard before. Repeat as many times as you like.