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January 05, 2007

Fantastic Piano


Orchestrating an Audio-Visual Dance

Fantastic Piano is an interactive installation created by So-young Park, Laurel Boylen, Shin-Yi Huang and Cho Rong Hwang from ITP (The Interactive Telecommunications Program) at NYU. The installation was presented at last year’s (2006) ITP Winter Show on December 17 and 18.

Fantastic Piano is a musical instrument that makes a mystic and beautiful atmosphere when played by a user. The installation consists of six plexiglass cylinders filled with water and glitter. Six water pumps control the motion of the water and the glitter. The user interacts via six infra-red sensors placed infront of the cylinders. When a user approaches the Fantastic Piano and moves his or her hands through the air in front of the transluscent tubes filled with water and glitter, the infra-red sensors senses this movement and trigger movement of the water and the playing of various sounds. This way, the user not only orchestrates a musical composition, but also a visual dance as the water and glitter too responds to his or her movements.

Check out the video clips one and two.

More projects from the ITP Winter Show 2006 will be posted in the following days. [posted by Lene Mailund on Digital Experience]

Posted by jo at January 5, 2007 06:45 PM