Experiments in balloon motion and sound using an MS Kinect depth sensing camera.
Created for the Carnegie Mellon 1st & 2nd year MFA Graduate show entitled "Fresh Baked Goods" at Bakery Square, April 2011.
A machine stands in a room surrounded by balloons. Circulating fans blow the balloons over the machine which creates sound based on their movements.
Mode 1: Tones
Balloon height and x/y position control the pitch and panning of a treble and bass voice. The tones can be quantized into a certain key or a glisssando can be employed for a theremin-style effect.
Mode 2: 99 Luftballons
The playback speed of Nena's 99 Luftballons is controlled by balloon height. The balloons must be kept in the air for the song to play. Feed the machine.
Built using Open Frameworks, ofxKinect, and Open CV for balloon tracking and Pure Data for sound generation/playback.
See danomatika.com/projects/balloon-project for more info.
Music: 99 Luftballons by Nena
EDIT: On Create Digital Music createdigitalmusic.com/2011/08/music-from-floating-balloons-via-kinect
EDIT 2: New 2016 Election Edition vimeo.com/190286640