A quick round-up of 4 creative applications involving sound or music in some way. Feeling quite inspired I have to say!
Created by Zach Lieberman and currently on display at the Barbican’s “Digital Revolution” exhibition in London, Play the World invites visitors to perform with a keyboard that finds samples with the same note in near realtime from web radio stations around the world. For example pressing a middle C key, will play a matching C note from Nigerian sports radio or a Brazilian Bossa Nova station.
Created by Lorenzo Bravi, Hit The Beat is a physical drum machine that can play anything, making it possible for everyday objects to become musical instruments.
Created by Alexander Zolotov, and based based on the unique Russian synthesizer ANS by Evgeny Murzin, PhonoPaper is a format of graphical representation of the sound (music, human voice, etc.); in other words, it is the 2D audio barcode (by analogy with the QR-code). The app, available for both iOS and Android is also a real-time PhonoPaper-code reader (using the camera).
Created by David Bowen, Cloud Piano plays the keys of a piano based on the movements and shapes of the clouds. A camera pointed at the sky captures video of the clouds. MaxMSP patch uses the video of the clouds in real-time to drive a robotic device that presses the corresponding keys on the piano. The system is set in motion to function as if the clouds are pressing the keys on the piano as they move across the sky and change shape. The resulting sound is generated from the unique key patterns created by ethereal forms that build, sweep, fluctuate and dissipate in the sky.