Cartography - Interactive Map


    This project uses Max to split a camera feed from underneath the table into zones, divided into X and Y co-ordinates relating to the map on the surface.
    Using cv.jit objects, the Cartography patch tracks an Infrared LED from the tables surface, and triggers different pre-composed audio and video files relating to the point on the map where the LED object is placed.
    Max is also used in the composition of the music. Whereas some of the sounds used are real field recordings and instrument recordings, many of the audible sounds are synthesised using Max, combining and multiplying audio waveforms.

    • Jul 21 2013 | 3:36 pm
      Beautiful Sounds, great project! how do you approach composing the music?
    • Jul 22 2013 | 8:20 am
      Hi James, thanks very much! I began by taking field recordings at certain points on the map and then seeing how I could creatively manipulate them. I then built up harmonic material around the flow and rhythm of those real world sounds. I use Max to synthesis the harmonies and record and arrange them using Reaper, Once I'm happy with a texture and structure I like to write simple vocal and instrumental parts to record into the mix. The whole piece is made up of 10 compositions and it is the audiences part to chose between them. Each of them vary in inspiration, for example some are inspired by the landscape and natural beauty of the area, and some intended to re-create the sounds of industry. I have no set approach when composing the music, I just alternate and combine techniques and see what I come out with. It's very much an experimental process.