FORBIDDEN FRUIT is a sound installation consisting of a group of 6 brightly colored portable audio players that have had custom light systems affixed inside. The lights respond to the intensity of the sound emanating from the speakers and make the translucent players glow from their insides.
The boxes choose from 99 tracks at random from a collection of sounds captured from the installation's immediate environment. To create the audio content, custom software written in Max/MSP would loop recursively through a folder, picking random sound files. Upon selecting a file, a random start and stop point would be chosen. The information between these points would be written to the new file, and the patch would move on to the next file. The tracks generated by this process ranged in density from hundreds of files in one second to ten files in a minute.
The 'fruit' were hung in a medium sized tree in a very public area of sidewalk space, to confront passerby with reorganized sounds of their surroundings.