Listeners explore a 9' x 9' space with a pair of headphones. Transient fragments of voices, papers rustling, poetry, and music emerge and evaporate as a result of the listener's movements, creating a generative composition. The piece is an attempt to distill the vast collections of the New York Public Library into a unique, non-linear sound experience.
The listener's center of mass is tracked with a Microsoft Kinect sensor, control data based on their proximity to a series of sonic "hot spots" is generated in Processing, and the results are transmitted via Open Sound Control data to Max4Live patches that control the volume of various audio clips.
Projected light halos visualize the listener's distance from hotspot locations. 101 vintage card catalog cards, one for each year NYPL's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building has served the public, strung into streamers, outline the sculpture's perimeter.
Text by Christopher Carlson and Carlin M. Wragg. Soundscape documentation by Kevin Bleich. Video Documentation by Carlin M. Wragg.