Standing Waves: a Multimodal Composition in the AlloSphere

This was my thesis project. You can find my presentation slides here.

Standing Waves is an audio-visual installation designed for the AlloSphere, an immersive multimedia instrument being built at UCSB. The piece presents an interactive visualization of two-dimensional wave propagation projected in three dimensions around the surface of a sphere. This simulation is then sonified through a variation of additive synthesis and spectral decomposition, and the resulting audio is spatialized around the perimeter of the performance space.

Users are able to interact and control the combined audio-visual synthesizer through a motion-capture interface and gestural mapping system. The piece’s form is structured through a series of modules that can run while being guided by user input, as well as in a semi-autonomous “installation mode” when limited or no user interaction is detected.

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