Hello everyone, first time poster.
I am currently in the process of writing a proposal for a interactive installation for my MMus degree. The idea of the installation is to have a room that uses six speakers immerse a person in sound. When a person walks into the room and starts to explore, I want the room to recognize where the person is and have elements of the sound output change accordingly (via digital signal processing and adding new sounds).
As if now, I am having some issues figure out how to develop a grid that would 'section' the room into four sections. Originally I was going to use IR motion sensors, but the room that I will be using is roughly 5 meters squared (after I modify it for the project). I was tempted to use lasers as a trip wire, but apparently that may be a health and safety risk. My next solution was to buy some LED flex light line (similar to what you would use during Christmas) and use a camera overhead to detect (using jitter) when a person crosses over into another section of the room.
The question I am asking is what would be the ideal method of sectioning off a room? The overall goal is to have a bed of sound
Unfortunately, my experience within Max MSP has been limited to producing algorithmic music (mostly using random/col/urn etc). So the use of Jitter and/or Arduino will be a steep learning curve for me. This is compounded by a limited time to set up the project (eight weeks). I have added a rough sketch of the room if that is any help.