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Studio Berreth | Soundspace
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Project

Soundspace

Location

Durham, NC USA

Client

North Carolina Museum of Life + Science, while working in the Duke AAHVS Visualization and Interactive Systems Group

Date

April 2013

Category
Berreth Studio, Installation, Interactive, Museum, Visualization
About This Project

permanent sonification/visualization installation, Museum of Life and Science, Durham, NC, visualization and camera tracking developed in C++/OpenGL/OpenFrameworks, sonification developed in Supercollider.

 

Scott Lindroth (Sonification Design and Composition),  Todd Berreth (Visualization Design and Programming / Motion Tracking), Museum of Life + Science (Exhibition Planning and Design)

 

“Enter the interactive exhibit Soundspace and see how your movement creates sounds and images! This popular exhibit is making a comeback — with new additions developed with the help of Duke Arts. Not only can you “hear” your movements, but new visualizations encourage you to explore how your motion changes what you see and hear as you move.

 

Soundspace features nine web-enabled cameras that send information to a cluster of computers. Using software, the computers determine the location, speed and kinds of movement that are happening in the room. This information generates pleasing sounds, like marimbas and harps. Your movements also guide shapes around a projected image, creating abstract art tied to your location and movement. Watch yourself turn and spin and see as shapes track where you’ve been.

 

The amount and type of motion in each area changes the intensity and volume of the experience. In some cases, spinning beneath a camera sends sound swirling around the room. Other times, watch as you draw with colored shapes. You can even use the room to control a giant spirograph!”

 

NC Museum of Life and Science Soundspace website

 

photo credit (bottom photo): Adam Kissick