‘Kuramoto Cycles’ reveals a network of coupled oscillators also known as Kuramoto oscillators. These visual and auditory particles model the synchronistic behaviors inherent in many biological and chemical systems (e.g. firefly synchronicity, bioluminescent algae, pacemaker cells, etc.) This piece examines the self-organizing behaviors that emerge as a result of their communicative interplay. The outcome of the piece is entirely contingent, each oscillator bearing a role in the behavior of all the others in the group. The sonic and visual swarms that result can be directed, influenced, and provoked but are ultimately non-deterministic, non-linear, and communistic.
This piece is an outgrowth of some of my research in auditory synchronization as a PhD student at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford University.