Ambient synthesis is a sound sculpture that responds to light stimuli to construct a unique, audiovisual interpretation of its environment. Light sensors in the device pick up changes in its surroundings (the scenes from this video demonstrate the piece responding to sunsets and sunrises). This data is interpreted by a MaxMSP application to produce abstract symmetrical patterns and a slowly evolving synthetic drone. The inspiration for the piece comes from the idea that simple sounds can be mixed together to create more complex sounds, an idea called 'additive synthesis.' In this piece, each pixel represents one frequency of a harmonic series. When a pixel becomes active, its respective frequency is incorporated into the mix to create a gradually evolving soundscape that, over time, produces a wide range of timbres and textures.

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technical requirements:
2 arduino duemilanove
256 white LEDs driven by 4 TC5940
256 infrared sensors multiplexed with 4051's
MaxMSP running additive synthesis patch "inkblot"
a modified version of MonomeSerial

shot in the mojave desert and in seattle, wa

this project was inspired by a monome project I've been working on for a while, I've made the MaxMSP patch available for monome 256/128/64 here:

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