Fablemaze was asked to design and build a weatherproof house that would hold up to 100 John Lewis light fixtures and connected it with an online music library of 10m songs. When a member of the public chose a song from the touch screen display next to the house, a bespoke algorithm would analyse the track and control the lights via DMX technology to perform in unison with the music. The installation also had to show off each light’s design features and lighting capabilities, whilst safely housing all the electronics required to power each individual light. We placed the house in the middle of London's art centre on the South Bank.
At the same time as unveiling the house on the South Bank we also launched a microsite. The online platform had to perform the same function of taking a live stream of music and make the lights ‘dance’ live. The user could chose to view the house from any one of 3 angles, thus seeing every one of the 100 John Lewis lights on display. To do this digitally within average PCU processor power required an innovative new method of dynamic light rendering which we developed in Flash specifically for this purpose.
One further function we added to the house was a ‘piano’ where the keys on a user’s keyboard would correspond to a select group of lights in the house. As the keys are pressed the lights in the house activate and dance to specifically composed instruments and ‘voices’ that build up to create a unique harmony. This ‘piano’ was a feature of both the public and online versions of the house.
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