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SyncLost febrero 2, 2010

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SyncLost is a multi-user installation for immersion in the history of electronic music. From a complex timeline, rhythms and sub-rhythms merge to create new sounds.

The project’s objective is to create an interface where users can view all the connections between the main styles of electronic music through visual and audible feedback. The choice is individual and leads to a collective consequence in the spatial visualization of information.

In Sketch of a New Esthetic of Music, 1970, the Italian Ferruccio Busoni proposes the use of electricity and other new sound forms as a source of inspiration for a so called “music of the future”. Therefore, electronic music has always been associated with the production of sounds generated by electronic components and instruments since 1960. Today it includes many forms and varieties, ranging from experimental music to dance music.

The popularization of the instruments and computers, allied to the broad and easy reachable information through the internet, enabled the appearance of countless rhythmic structures, giving rise to new styles and sub styles within contemporary electronic music.

SyncLost is a multi-user installation for immersion in the history of electronic music. From a complex timeline, rhythms and sub-rhythms merge to create new sounds.

The project’s objective is to create an interface where users can view all the connections between the main styles of electronic music through visual and audible feedback. The choice is individual and leads to a collective consequence in the spatial visualization of information.

Only a long and careful series of experiments, and a continued training of the ear, can render this unfamiliar material approachable and plastic for the coming generation, and for Art.

Description

When you click, all the connections are shown – where the style comes from and which had been influenced by it – furthermore the music plays and a representative text information is displayed. The visual feedback is given in real time, according to the user’s choice. The music rhythm serves as a visualization parameter of the style’s icon, creating multiple sonorous visualizations.

The interaction is made with wiimote controls, wireless equipment which are easy to use and learn. The audible feedback is given through headphones, also by using wireless technology.

Interface

The installation was developed in “Processing”, an open source language to create interactive atmospheres. The system searches for information of an external source (XML) and then draws the conceptual map, which is the base of the interface.

On this map, each chosen knot generates a visual feedback to its “parents” and “child” knots. This demonstrates where the style has its origins and which further styles were influenced from the first. The user can be connected visually, creating several readings of the map.

According to the available space of the installation, the sound atmosphere can be structured in three ways:

Headphones
Each user listens individually to the chosen music trough headphones (wireless or conventional) and sees information about the style (section NOW PLAYING).

Sound tube
The use of three sound tubes distributed in a space makes the installation become more collective, giving several people the possibility to listen to the audio of the selected style.

Sound islands
To open the experience to wider atmospheres, three sound islands can be used. The correct positioning of the boxes minimizes audio leaks to other sound islands.

Requirements

– 2 projectors 1024x768px
– 3 wiimotes
– 2 sensor bars (Wii’s sensor)
– 3 wireless headphones, 3 portable sound systems or 3 sound tubes
– 3 USB External Audio Sound Card Adapter
– 1 computer

Core 2 quad

4Gb RAM

Video Card GF 7200GS 256/512MB (or superior with analog and digital video output)

4 USB ports

keyboard and mouse

Win XP SP2

Credits

3bits Lab
Conception, creation and coordination: Herbert Rafael.
Creation, technique coordination and production: Ricardo Wagner.
Programming and design: Pedro Miguel Cruz.
Technical support: Helder Robalo, Jonathas Sampaio e Lucas Cancela.

Resource: http://www.3bits.net/synclost/

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