The iconic spiral staircase of the Szczecin Philharmonic was reimagined as a voice-transforming instrument. During MDF Festival panGenerator changed the iconic spiral staircase of the Szczecin Philharmonic into 35m long / 15m high spatial voice-transforming instrument.
The audience was invited to experiment with various spatialised sound effects applied to their vocalisations that were synchronised with the movement of the balls falling along 35m long track. The interaction starts with insertion of the ball into the microphone. Then recording starts and after the recorded sound stops the ball is released to slide down along the track.
Thanks to custom built gates with infrared sensors and radio modules the sound transformations applied to the recording were synchronised with the current speed and position of the ball. The light trail following the ball has also been created thanks to the sensors and microcontrollers measuring the speed of the ball passing the gates.
Since they were using five speakers – one per floor, they were also able to achieve spatialisation of the sound creating the illusion of the sound “falling” with the ball. As a finishing touch they also used simple projection mapping synchronised with the motion of the ball to make the whole thing more visible for the people standing in the lobby of the Philharmonic.
In the end panGenerator created a playful and engaging audience-driven audiovisual performance that exemplifies their vision for integrating new media art practice with architecture and breathing the life into static form thanks to digital technology.
DOP – Hola Hola Film
VIDEO EDITING & POSTPRODUCTION – Jakub Koźniewski
SOUND EDITING – Krzysztof Cybulski
VIDEO SOUNDTRACK – Maciek Dobrowolski
VOICE – Jona Ardyn
Barbara Kinga Majewska
Article and video courtesy of panGenerator