Since Juilliard students are very accomplished instrumentalists and composers, the same immersive creativity comes naturally to them when using Max. I like to facilitate a practical approach to Max, which is useful in performance situations on stage.
Mari KimuraGraduate Faculty at The Juilliard SchoolChair, Future Music Lab at Atlantic Music Festival
Espongina is a digital instrument made of water and two carved wooden bowls. Waterproof piezos pick up vibrations from movement and physical contact with the wood. These vibrations are processed and mapped through Max to different parameters that generate and shape sounds throughout the performance.
This installation invites visitors to play music with their shadows. 47 light sensors are embedded in concrete tiles. 6 Arduinos send the sensor data via OSC to Max, which evaluates the incoming light data and uses the results to generate a 12 channel soundtrack from a bank of pre-processed vocal samples. Max also adjusts sensor parameters based on ambient light values and loads different sample banks based on the position of the sun, creating a soundscape that evolves over the course of a day.
The piece gives a history lesson of the United States through the rhetoric of its leaders. I used Max to generate the initial data for the work and to create a dynamic layout of the eyecharts. I ran statistics on the text directly as well as generated SVG files using the js object based on pre-visualizations of the work using the Jitter OpenGL objects.
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