The Chime: Scoring The City

OCADU
Concept + Execution
Physical Computing || Sound || Video || Data Visualization || Exhibition Design (Interaction + Experience)
2013

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Inspired by Georg Simmel’s notion of the Blasé (an indifference towards the difference between things), I set out to explore the relationship between sensing technology and the routines of everyday life. I feel the city is all too commonly represented by abstract systems and maps, a tendency driven by a reductionist pursuit of efficiency, and one which ignores the idiosyncrasies occurring on street level. This is the noise in the system, the richness that ultimately renders cities generative landscapes. I thus set out to bring attention to the noise by building a musical instrument inspired by wind chimes: The Chime is a collection of 18 sensors measuring 27 parameters assembled to poetically translate the impulses and flows of the everyday city into sound.

All 14 performances are documented in video and audio form. Videos can be viewed here, and downloaded directly from Vimeo should you want a copy. In addition, the music has been compiled into an album available at The Chime's Bandcamp page or via direct download (MP3 zip) at the link above. For more information about the project please explore my thesis document, linked above. If interested in the quadraphonic mixes, the code, or hi-res photos please get in touch with me directly and I will put a package together for you.

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