The WAVE Festival is an annual light art event in Breckenridge, Colorado, USA. Conceived by the great people at Breckenridge Creative Arts, the 4-day festival brought artists from around the world to light up Breckenridge. I was approached to pitch a concept, and my idea to build an illuminated, multi-user, tactile musical instrument was ultimately approved. I partnered with Audiopixel, who brought fabrication and interactive lighting expertise to the project. "Interphase" was an 8-foot tall touch-sensitive octagon that also served as an 8-channel step sequencer. Each physical wall represented a different sound and sequence pattern that could be controlled by participants by simply tapping on the structure. The resulting audio engine produced hours of original music that was influenced by users' physical participation.
A huge thanks goes out to everybody at BreckCreate who made this happen: Nicole, Robb, Becca, Ken, Andy, Dennis, Drea, Erin, and everybody else who I'm forgetting to list here.
Photos & video courtesy of Latenight Weeknight
Interphase creates continually-evolving music, largely based on pattern generator algorithms that have been optimized per-instrument. The sound palette comes from a library of hand-selected and normalized audio samples, organized by instrument type: kick, snare, hihats, precussion, sound effects, bass, synth, lead. These audio samples were pulled from a few hours of Interphase running and evolving without any user interaction.
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- Colorado Public Radio
At Breckenridge’s WAVE, You’ll Be Able To Make Music With This 8ft-Tall Sculpture