Watchers – Directionality as Metaphor for Interaction with a Generative Installation

Daniel Bisig, Martin Neukom, Philippe Kocher

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Abstract

Watchers is an interactive multi-channel audio installation that experiments with different compositional approaches of incorporating the loudspeakers’ directionality as central functional and aesthetic element. The directional properties of the custom developed loudspeakers are not only defined by the characteristics of their sound radiation but also integrate a light-based line of sight and orientation sensing mechanism. It is through this latter mechanism that the configuration of the installation affects the algorithmic creation of
the musical content. And its also through this mechanism that the musical content is rendered responsive to the visitors’ physical manipulation of the installation. The realisation of the installation forms part of a research strand that addresses the issue of rendering the algorithmic principles of a compositional work experienceable not only through its sonic manifestation but also via spatial and tangible representations. These representations can provide affordances for interaction and thereby offer the possibility for visitors to
engage through embodied actions with a musical work.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGA2018 – XXI Generative Art Conference
EditorsCelestino Soddu, Enrica Colabella
Pages93-105
Publication statusPublished - 18 Dec 2018
EventXXI GENERATIVE ART CONFERENCE - Verona, Italy
Duration: 18 Dec 201819 Dec 2018

Conference

ConferenceXXI GENERATIVE ART CONFERENCE
CountryItaly
CityVerona
Period18/12/1819/12/18

Keywords

  • Sound Installation
  • Algorithmic Music
  • Interaction

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    Bisig, D., Neukom, M., & Kocher, P. (2018). Watchers – Directionality as Metaphor for Interaction with a Generative Installation. In C. Soddu, & E. Colabella (Eds.), GA2018 – XXI Generative Art Conference (pp. 93-105)