Se-Lien Chuang, Andreas Weixler
Atelier Avant Austria
Living Cave is an interactive audio visual installation.
The room reacts to sound of the audience in an algorithmic choice of pictures and their transformation and processes realtime audio within an electroacoustic composition.
Se-Lien Chuang concept, audio & visuals & Andreas Weixler audio & interactive programming.
Year the Work was created:
Nagoya City University, School of Design and Architecture, Sound Lab - JapanProject Description
The interactive audiovisual installation Living Cave is very flexible to the exhibition site. It detects audio by a number of microphones, which could be hidden in room or be handed out to selected persons of the audience aswell. It then makes a choice of pictures accordingly to the sound and transform those. Also the sound will be transformed in stereo or 4 channel by granular synthesis and will fit in a prepared electroacoustic composition.
All in all it creates a visual and audio ambience accordingly to the sound fed into the system.
Till now we performed 7 types:
2) A public phone booth, where a telephone call changes the visual appearance in the phone booth and makes a quiet sound ambience aswell, 2001 Nagoya, Japan
3) A Karaoke-style, where 3 people of the audience get a mic and perform together. 16th to 20th of May 2001 presentation of the interactive audio visual installation 2001 at the Exhibition of Laval Virtual and VRIC Virtual Reality International Conference, France
4) The system has been triggered by a "sound & food source", which is a noisy buffet, all sound from people eating, drinking and chatting get performed in an audiovisual performance at Nagoya City University, Japan 2001
5) an exhibition of media arts as we performed over 10 days at artport 01/media select 2001, 26.10.-4.11.2001 Nagoya, Japan
6) a audiovisual performance with live musicians, warehouse 20, 4th of Novemeber 2001 Nagoya, Japan
7) ambience catching the audience before a concert,
intermedia 15th of Dezember 2000 New York, USA
The system is very flexible in size and to the exhition place.
4 G3 or G4 Macintosh Computer (for audio and for video processing)
4 Midi Interfaces
4-8 condenser microphones, 2 wireless mics, 2 contact mics
4 active loud speaker
small audio mixing console
2-6 data & video projector
1 CD Player
a construction of projection walls or a special architecture
Software: For realtime processing we use a patch in Max/msp, which we developed and X-pose for visual sampling.
(note: there is a smaller version for 2 computers, 2 projectors and a full version for 4 computers and up to 6 projectors)
Interactivity of "Living cave" developed at Nagoya City University, School of Design and Architecture 2000-2001 during a research in computer music and interactive audiovisual computer arts within the Japan Foundation Fellowship Programm of Andreas Weixler.
Electroacoustic composition "cave" by Se-Lien Chuang at Sheffield University Sound Studio (SUSS) in England 1999 during a composers in residence of the artists.