Tangible Orchestra is an interactive light and sound installation that combines electronic and classical music perceived very individually in a three-dimensional space. Single units are triggered by people in close proximity and play a unique instrument, with the collection of individual instruments gathering as people congregate in the project space, eventually creating a complete musical work. Depending on the positioning of the listener and the instruments currently active, the musical piece is perceived differently every time, as one can walk through the installation like through an orchestra playing. As electronic music is usually composed and arranged at the mixing desk, the installation creates the illusion of an orchestra playing a music piece that relies heavily on digitally created sounds and therefore could not be perceived this way.
About Tangible Orchestra
Tangible Orchestra is an interactive light and sound installation that combines electronic and classical music perceived very individually in a three-dimensional space. It consists of seven individual cylinders that play their unique instrument if people in close proximity are identified by a complex system of sensors. Those cylinders create a very unique musical experience as cylinders closer to observer will be perceived louder and more dominant relative to the ones further away. Not only can one alter the song this way to what they like best, also by adding or omitting individual instruments, the musical piece gains new characteristics altogether. In the inside of each cylinder are a set of powerful LEDs that - when activated - lend visual expressiveness to that unit as light effects simulate the beat of the instrument currently playing. But not only interaction between the people and units are crucial for a thrilling result: On a superordinate level, human-human interaction is required. Only if enough people gather and scatter evenly across the project space, the installation evolves to its greatest potential and the complete work of art can be perceived.