This week’s assignment we were asked to manipulate a white square using sonic information. Using sonic qualities, like pitch, and frequency information, and we were to think about how to “perform” the white square.
We were split up into groups, and Lara Warman, Basak Haznedaroglu, and I came up with 3 scenarios for our white squares, each taking the lead on writing the code for the project.
My scenario involved a “ski slalom” using pitch to direct the white-square skier around the appropriate flags. The higher pitches moves the skier to the right and lower pitches moves the skier to the left. Here is a video demonstration:
Lara coded the pitch competition (which divides the square into two triangles), and here is a demonstration for that (on the left). Basak was coding a carnival “bell ringing” competition, but she didn’t make it too far with it. She sent along code, so here is a demonstration of what she sent (on the right).
Code for these projects can be found here.
We were also asked to make a graphical score to a piece of music / sound for which traditional music notation isn’t necessary. Think about what visual languages you can use to represent sound.
I chose Terry Riley’s “A Rainbow In A Curved Air” as the musical piece to visually score. I imagined the piece being a spiraling combination of different tones, shapes, and patterns, so I first chose my color palate and created a series of “sound strips” by shredding the paper selected.
I then placed varying amounts of the sound strips on my scanner. I rotated the strips as I added and removed the pieces, and eventually added bits of shredded cd’s to embody the portions of high range sound glitter that Riley adds throughout the piece.
Here is my visual score of Terry Riley’s “A Rainbow In A Curved Air”: