Laterna Magica is a set of twelve Dietz hurricane lanterns that have been retrofitted with colourful and digitally addressable LEDs. The design of these lanterns hasen't changed since 1840, and so adding new technology to these iconic lamps contributes to the surrealism of this installation.
The lights are interactive, programmed to respond to a variety of sounds. Using real-time audio feature analysis, the LEDs respond differently to clapping, singing, and noisy sounds like 'shhh'. Interacting with the lanterns becomes an entertaining game as people sing and make noises in an attempt to figure out what will excite the lights.
Interactive Light Bar is a project created by Constanze Link during her 6-month internship at Limbic Media.
Constanze Link is a Design, Art and Media student with a focus on New Media and Interface Design at Merz Akademie in Stuttgart, Germany. She is currently completing her internship with Limbic Media and will finish her Bachelor of Arts degree in January, 2014.
The intention of Constanze’s project was to expose the Canadian audience to a visualization of European electronic and deep house music. To do this Constanze created a coin-slot interface that selects from one of 10 music tracks. For each track Constanze created a custom light design using 148 individually addressable multi-color LEDs. The LEDs are refracted through glass jars and bottles to create complex and beautiful patterns that move in sync with the music.
Winterplay is a handmade stop-motion winter land where fabulous creatures invite the public to get into holiday cheer. Viewers can interact with a Vancouver Island marmot, a black bear and their friends via mobile devices and text messaging, prompting responsive actions and scenes to unfold. Created by Avium Studio animators and Limbic Media programmers for the Downtown Victoria Business Association, Winterplay will be presented as a large scale video projection in Victoria’s Centennial Square.
The Downtown Victoria Business Association (DVBA) commissioned Limbic Media (limbicmedia.ca) to design an audio reactive tree for the holiday season using 800 individually addressable RGB LEDs. We utilize onset, energy and frequency analysis to produce clear yet complex lighting visualizations based on sound picked up by an array of microphones embedded in the tree.
The gallery sign measures approximately 4’x3’ and contains 648 individually controllable RGB LEDs arranged in a grid. Members of the public can send SMS messages on their mobiles phones to the sign to change the words, color and even play Youtube videos on it.