Visit London/East Festival:
AX&L Interactive Sound Installation

 

Visit London/East Festival:
AX&L Interactive Sound Installation

 

Developed with AllofUs,  After Xenakis & LeCorbusier (AX&L) is an interactive installation commissioned by Visit London as part of the ‘East Festival’ to celebrate the work of architect and composer Iannis Xenakis, in conjunction with the Barbican’s survey exhibition on the life and work of the great modernist architect Le Corbusier: Le Corbusier - The Art of Architecture.

Located in the heart of Spitalfields Market in London, AX&L explores the relationships between architecture, music, and science; drawing inspiration from the ideas and themes shared between Xenakis and LeCorbusier.

The installation takes the form of a concrete ‘piloti’ which contains a laser measurement device embedded within a rotating top. As visitors rotate the piece the laser acts a radar-like system mapping out the surrounding space measuring the both the built-environment and the movements and interactions of its inhabitants.

In this manner, the activity and life of the architectural space creates an ever-changing musical score, whilst the ‘piloti’ itself acts as the instrument, playing through the score according to the direction and tempo of the interaction.

The data collected through these interactions was simultaneously transformed into a musical soundscape and data visualisation display played out within the space. Distance information correlated with angle and speed data was plotted using graphical notation to create a score, while simultaneously the processed data stream is mapped into a mathematically defined musical scale to define the accompanying soundscape.

I was responsible for the research, and the interaction and physical design of this project.

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