is a collection of on-screen virtual instruments designed for live performance and online user exploration.
Rhythms and musical phrases can be dynamically composed
and altered based on the arrangement of objects on the screen.
The collection is a showcase for the visual representation
of freely-formed musical compositions. The project aims
to be engaging enough to encourage the viewer to experiment,
while being sophisticated enough to allow for a great deal
of variation in the sound being created. The actual musical
compositions are generated in real-time from a library of
pre-recorded midi-based sounds, employing algorithms to
map the on-screen graphics to characteristics of the sound
arrangement such as pitch, tempo and volume. The graphics
were designed with a wide audience in mind, such that the
concepts represented are accessible to a viewer regardless
of his level of musical training, while at the same time
matching the artist's idea of a basic kit of musical instruments
for "jamming": some drums, some melodies, a way
to create chords, strings, etc.. To be available to the
largest online audience, Macromedia Flash was chosen as
This piece was the winner of the Experimental category
at the 2003 Flash Forward Film Festival in San Francisco.
Over the years sound has
enhanced countless Flash objects on the internet.
is a unique experiment where sound takes centre stage facilitated
I love this Flash object! Not only does it possess a touchy
feely interface, its really interesting and just so clever.
So far I’ve spent a couple of hours amusing myself
and have only just begun to understand the mathematical
depth which this experiment has reached. It has it all,
a sensorial feast and effortless interaction to produce
your own sounds. What makes this object clever is the straight
forward interface that stands between the user and the technically
savvy backend. The interface allows the user to take command
of this complex object and create sounds or even music that
may not have been possible in our existing repertoire.
From an actionscriptor’s perspective it really is
challenging the boundaries. I seriously recommend all Goddesses
to go and take a look at this classy object but be warned
take food and water you could be there for awhile.