Music from Stock Market Crashes caused by High Frequency Trading
Capital rely on algorithms to manipulate markets – their erratic effects either intentional or accidental – are everywhere yet is hard to perceive them immediately, given the scale of time and fabricated complexity in which accumulation and exchange is performed at high frequency scale. The patterns produced by HFT activity are testimony of the behavior of financial markets, and unlike them, these patterns aren’t sacred or untouchable: they can be used to generate other forms of wealth, like music.
Patterns of market crashes caused by high frequency trading were printed on transparency paper, put on a computer screen and drawn into music software. The waveforms transferred were used to create some of the music patterns and beats compiled in 3 different tracks included in a 10” vinyl record.