The musical industry has recently suffered the effects of massive digitalization. It resulted in the gradual loss of images which seems to be both a cause and a consequence of the recent mark-down of music.
Based on the new listening and consuming behaviours, my final degree project aims at recreating the missing value of music by reconnecting and reinforcing the link between music and its visual representation.
The new generation of tactile MP3 players the iPhone and iPod Touch embody seems to be the future of nomad music. I wanted to find a way to go further than the poor jpeg file (which hopelessly keeps trying to replace a real cover). Therefore I imagined a system which allows you to create your own cover by making good use of this tactile thing.
Let's imagine you want to buy the Radiohead album online. You go on the online music store through your digital music player and launch a track. While you're listening to it, a interactive animation appears on the screen. You're free to interact with it and compose your own picture. When you're satisfied, you just have to buy the track. A screenshot of your composition will automatically be taken and linked to your musical file. Now, each time you'll listen to this track, your very own cover will appear.
This is a registration of Swarm ( http://www.blendid.nl/swarm ), an interactive installation we created for the exhibition "Re-ACT" / Interactive Light Art at 'Centrum Kunstlicht in de Kunst' (Centre Artificial light in Art) in Eindhoven.