Hey Marseilles | Heartbeats
Photographs taken inside musical instruments making them look like large and spacious rooms.
Alexander Chen spent an afternoon improvising melodies on viola, and recording them through Google Glass. This resulting song is composed completely from 8-second video loops, stitched together into a film. Chen says, “You can see all the layers of the song, like a first-person orchestra.”
Cello Fortress is a unique combination of a game and a live music performance. A cellist defends a fortress by improvising on his cello.
“Fast high notes: guns. Ugly chords: flamethrowers. Low notes: mines.”
These parameters create a haunting combination that is really great.
To put a smile on your day – public space project by Canadian design collective Daily Tous Les Jours makes a giant musical instrument out of color-coded swings.
This is a lovely example of the kind of interactive art I’m inspired by; it’s playful and beautifully executed, and it invites people to experience their environment and each other and themselves in a new way. I like everything about this.
[watch the video]
Audible color is an audio-visual instrument. Sound is generated based on color detected by a web cam connected to a computer. Red, green and blue correspond with certain music notes. When the colors are mixed, the resulting secondary colors produce different notes.
The size of the colors influences the volume and frequency of the notes played. Color detection and sound generation were created and are controlled using Processing code. The system of audible color is based on a marriage between basic color and music theories. The colors of red, blue, and green are the visual foundation for color-mixing and the music notes A, D, and F are the base triad that corresponds to the colors. The secondary colors (colors made when the foundational three are mixed) of purple, teal and brown are tuned to the musical triad C, E and G. The visual of the mixing of red, blue and/or green mirrors the aural output of combined notes.
The ‘painting’ aspect is not restricted to water droplets from a pipette. Numerous experiments were performed using substances such as acrylic paint, food dye in milk with soap, and ordinary household objects. Each investigation created a new type of fun and easy gestural music-making.
[found at Design Boom]
This is one of those wonderful ideas that immediately makes me think, “Damn, I wish I had thought of that!” A beautiful experiment in synesthesia.
The pulsing pigment-producing cells of squid and cuttlefish set to classical music, just beautiful – the best thing since the universe set to Bach.
Despite the insidiousness of Pachelbel’s Canon, this is really wonderful.
Hands up who wants this for their office?
Simple, elegant, funny, and useful!
Even though this video is a from a few years ago, I’m still posting it because it’s lovely and mind-blowing and certainly the most interesting discussion of the neurology of music that I’ve ever seen.
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