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SoundAffects [soundaffectsnyc.com] by Parsons The New School for Design turns everyday data, ranging from weather and traffic to color and motion, into musical sounds. The project is set up as a 10-day musical and visual exploration that aims to change the way people think about cities.

Various in-situ experiments are generating the open data, such as tracking whether pedestrians will pick up coins from the sidewalk, whether a balloon will alter the 'tone' of the city, whether backyard noise will change the perception of a busy street, or whether one can effectively picnic on a parking spot in the city. Accordingly, a collection of environmental sensors measures the according proximity, noise, weather, color, light, temperature and cell phone activity data, which in turn is piped through a compositional tool to create the musical sound.

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That's a somewhat similar project to http://popupcity.net/2011/05/make-cities-like-pop-songs/ (via @armina_79)

Wed 18 May 2011 at 8:04 PM

Does this make sense to anyone? The explanation did not help me understand what the correlation was between the shapes and the sounds. I completely missed the point.

Wed 25 May 2011 at 3:26 PM
Jerms
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