zipCoda


zipCoda is an audio installation that creates musical compositions based on geographical and cultural data. The user enters a 5 digit zip code in to device, and a unique musical composition begins, translating the economic, social, and spatial structures of an area into a specialized musical experience. Latitude, longitude, economic indicators, population demographics, real estate prices: these elements combine to create a soundscape that highlights the subtle differences between states, counties, and neighborhoods across the country.

zipCoda was featured at the 2013 Dumbo Arts Festival in Brooklyn, NY.

How did this project use Max?

Max parses the data from prepared spreadsheets, maps that data for rhythm, timing, note density, timbre, pitch, song progression, speed and other various sonic properties, and communicates that sound synthesis information to Ableton Live. Max's presentation mode is used to display the demographic information behind a small secret window.