Presentation and live musical performance by
Musician, Artist, Technologist
Tuesday, March 27
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
von Kármán Auditorium
Named by WIRED Magazine as one of “22 folk changing the world in 2017,” singer and songwriter Beatie Wolfe is at the forefront of pioneering new formats for music, which reunite tangibility, storytelling, and ceremony with the album in this digital age. When she was growing up, her grandfather worked on Explorer 1—the first U.S. satellite—and other first-of-a-kind satellites. Following in his footsteps, fascinated with technology, she has created a series of her own world’s-first designs that bridge the tangible and digital, which include a 3D-printed vinyl skin for the iPhone; an intelligent album deck of cards; a musical jacket cut from fabric woven with Wolfe’s music; and the world's first live 360-degree augmented-reality album stream broadcast from the quietest room on Earth. Recently, she was given the opportunity to broadcast her music into space using the Bell Laboratories Holmdel Horn Antenna, which was originally built in 1959 to bounce radio waves off metallic balloon satellites in order to transmit signals to the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex.