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Amnestic Continuum

by Arash Akbari

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Colourless 01:54
Departure 04:24
To Forget 01:46
Drowned 03:09


Amnestic Continuum
By Arash Akbari

Digital Album with 32 page pdf book featuring images by Arash Akbari and poems by Christopher Doherty-Ingram


"Amnestic Continuum" is a concept album and a multidisciplinary project that utilizes data sonification, data visualisation, and literature to critique the hidden external effects of the increasing hegemony of computation and automation on life on earth.

In order for intelligent machines to function, we need to reduce the world into sets of numerical data that sustain the databases and algorithmic operations: what is being forgotten in the process is the world itself. We simply become quantitative values in a specific time and place, the forgotten stories and lives that are being added to the datasets as inert numbers. This process repeats itself again and again until no sense, no meaning, and no life is left behind, like continuous amnesia…

"Amnestic Continuum" aims at creating sensitivity to the context and subjects behind these sequences of numbers. Using data-sonification to create musical compositions and soundscapes; data-visualization techniques to generate data sculpture; and poetic interpretations in written word by Chris Doherty-Ingram, a multi-sensory experience is created to explore how we relate and respond to the context and subjects behind datasets when filtered through the human experience.

(Arash Akbari)


The Lower Tail

The Afar Triangle,
the nook of Africa
and cradle of humankind.

Here, ancestral bones
freed from their substrate
bake in the daylight
under Saharan Sun.

Four million years prior
our predecessors took nothing with them
crossing into the next life
and neither will you.

Their progeny,
the haves and have-nots,
share a world divided
by inequitable fortunes.

Computers fill with currency,
as coffins fill with corpses.

Skeletons spell our future:
relics from a simpler past
they call across ages
to the ivory towers:

All the good you’ll ever do
is now

(Christopher Doherty-Ingram)


A CD version of Amnestic Continuum with a 32 page book featuring images by Arash Akbari and poems by Christopher Doherty-Ingram is available from



released November 17, 2022

Coded, Produced, and Mixed by Arash Akbari
Poems by Christopher Doherty-Ingram
Artwork and Data Sculptures by Arash Akbari
Mastered by David Stalling
Graphic Design by Anthony Kelly for Illuminate Studio
CD Project co-ordinated by Anthony Kelly & David Stalling


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Arash Akbari

Arash Akbari is a transdisciplinary artist. His compositions investigate experimental approaches to sound generation, field recordings, acoustic instrumentation, digital synthesis, DSP, and noise to create immersive sonic environments that explore the agency of autonomous systems, indeterminacy, memory, and the perception of time and space. ... more

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