this is the website of ada adhiyatma, sometimes known as madam data or min planck, stunt clarinetist in Ooloi, composer of electronic music, podcast creator, hardware hacker, and designer of computer instruments.
biography / biology / biometrics / biofeedback / bioMadam Data is a musician (composer) and sound scientist who explores machine and spirit interfaces. Their fantasies are about truly knowing what sacredness is, echolocating spaces infused with spirits, and begetting ghosts in the technology they create. In finding these things, they seek a liberatory practice that uses sound to return bodies to resonance. Madam Data works with synthesizers, handmade computer programs and circuits, field recordings and clarinets; they consider these objects to be interfaces with the Divine presence; they work with the sonics of stillness, space and brutal intensity.
notable sound and art things I have done recently:
"All the rooms I have been touched in", album released on the internet by Unheard Records.
Description: This album was written during a point in time where my body had become very difficult to love, for myself especially, but regrettably also for other people. Part of that was becoming sick and losing my voice, and another part of it is that I’ve been living with Tourette syndrome for all of my life and the associated body horror has shaped me in more ways than I know. I find that the act of resynthesis provides an exorcism of sorts, allowing me to reconsider learned relationships with my body. I remember then that the places I have been touched with love are a locus of power and healing, and I should seek them out more. I didn’t want this album to take me on any journeys; I didn’t want it to go anywhere. I wanted it to stay put, and allow me to be with myself.
"Nerve Map", album released on the internet by the label media_rins.
Description: for 6 months I recorded some stuff every day and kept it. I took those hundreds of hours of recordings and threw out all the stuff I didn't like, and these tracks were what was left. They are very small.
"The Floating World", podcast available on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Podbean etc.
Description: each episode of the floating world is bricolaged together from bits of audio junk sent over from all corners of the world. The result is a pulsating mechanical unconsciousness: a love letter to the sleeping city and all its machinery, and to the bodies that manifest its conscience and brutality.
incomplete list of past collaborators:
BANI HAYKAL | ILA | MOOR MOTHER | MENTAL JEWELRY | KILAMANZEGO | SOUR SPIRIT | LEO SUAREZ | INGRID LEE | LEO SUAREZ | AMY REED | GABBY FLUKE-MOGUL | KIM NUCCI | ALEX COHEN | JOHN MCCOWEN | TIM O'DWYER | DIRK STROMBERG | BONNIE LANDER | JULIUS MASRI | SA COLLECTIVE | GIRLS ROCK PHILLY |
booking and contact
some instruments I have designed and built
Phase-feedback instrument with an intergrated "listener" (envelope follower + scale and offset controls) that modulates and limits the feedback. Excellent for chirping, birdsong, chaotic but repeating plucked rhythms, and feedback squeals. Compiled with the help of the Camomile plug-in.
Pure Data Instruments
Phase-feedback instrument built around a 'scrubbing' mechanism that converts trackpad / mouse inputs into very high pitched glitch impulses.
Computer model of a no-input mixer with reverb, tremolo and delay in the feedback loop.
5-oscillator phase-feedback network for maximum chaos, based on Martin Brinkmann's 'chaosmonster' series.
Modular synthesizer, sequencer and sampler environment for Pure Data
"The album murmurs and stirs in intense ambient spaces; this is no Brian Eno trying to make pretty background music for [insert location or medium here], it's more akin to early Juliana Barwick [...] using sound to capture feeling." -John Vettese, The Key WXPN, writing about "a thick band of orange light (2018)"
"This music will untether you from space and time. Your body will transcend its fleshy corners and radiate dance energy outward in directions perpendicular to human understanding." -The Schwenk
"Before listening to Madam Data I was very broke. Now I am wealthy. Thank you, Madam Data!" -frnkhues
my thoughts on some famous composers:
Steve Reich: no
John Cage: sometimes
Pauline Oliveros: most of the time
Scott Joplin: yes
Haydn : yes
Maryanne Amacher : yes
Anthony Braxton: yes
David Byrne: mostly no
Coltrane: yes, both
Lou Reed: no
Kim Deal: yes
Ikue Mori : yes