Electronic Chime Translates City Movement Into Music [Video]
Student's thesis interprets urban environments through music.
Self-described creative technologist and curious urbanist, Marc de Pape, a Masters student at OCAD University (the Ontario College of Art & Design) captured the sounds of city for his thesis, but not in the way you might expect. Instead of recording the sounds that naturally occur in cities, the horn honking and people shuffling, de Pape set out to capture the space between the noise, the movement of Toronto, by creating an electronic wind chime.
His project, entitled The Chime: Scoring the City, is a essentially a sensor jukebox. Equipped with 18 sensors, they pick up the fluctuations in the passing environment and plays sounds with each measure of movement. From a gust of wind, to a passing car, The Chime will emit rich musical compositions with sounds of xylophones, piano and strings to reflect the ebbs and flows of the city.