An audio-visual installation commissioned by the Royal Society of Edinburgh for the inauguration of new members, November 2011. Based around 39 keywords drawn from the research areas of RSE members, the installation attempts to create dialogue and the cross-pollination of ideas across a wide range of topics. These range from physics and bio-technlogy to new music composition and renewable energy.
Changes are linked to a microphone which triggers a shift in theme and images related to these themes. A sound is also triggered, marking the change. This is done via an audio threshold inside the software, which when crossed by a sound of a certain volume (i.e. a handlap) produces a fresh, randomised collection of media.
This video gives an indication of the installation when running, and an introduction to the software created for the project using Max/MSP.
By Martin Parker, Matthew Collings, Mauricio Escamilla, Varun Nair and Evan Holm