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Research & Chosen Idea
November 17, 2010, 8:48 pm
Filed under: Performance Video

After talking with Phil today, I’ve decided to go with my second Idea, which is to create a distorted still image, made up of different layers of photographs and object. These layers of different imagery will react to the sounds produced from a multi-touch surface.

Initially the main incentive behind this idea was to create an application for the iPod Touch, iPad and iPhone that would allow users to create music and manipulate visuals at the same time. Due to the short time scale to complete this unit in, I’ll be producing a basic set-up of a multi-touch interface, which will represent the three apple devices, as a way to execute the idea of the application and how it functions.


Just been looking at some examples of music/sound applications for the iPod Touch, iPad and iPhone. There are lots of applications for the three devices, which can instantly transform them into musical instruments. I want to try and combine a visual experience with creating sound. I’ve looked at three applications developed by ambient pioneer Brian Eno and musician / software designer Peter Chilvers.


Part instrument, part composition and part artwork, Bloom’s innovative controls allow anyone to create elaborate patterns and unique melodies by simply tapping the screen. A generative music player takes over when Bloom is left idle, creating an infinite selection of compositions and their accompanying visualisations.


Darker in tone, Trope immerses users in endlessly evolving soundscapes created by tracing abstract shapes onto the screen, varying the tone with each movement.


Air is a generative audio-visual work that assembles vocal and piano samples into a beautiful, still and ever changing composition, which is always familiar, but never the same.

Air features four ‘Conduct’ modes, which let the user control the composition by tapping different areas on the display, and three ‘Listen’ modes, which provide a choice of arrangement. For those fortunate enough to have access to multiple iPhones and speakers, an option has been provided to spread the composition over several players.

Although you can make a really nice visual piece with these applications, however I think they’re quite limited and they can only be displayed on the interface screen. My idea is a development on these applications, in which you create music/sounds that manipulates imagery you create and the visuals can be projected or displayed on large screens.


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