Andante: Multiangled Soundwalking


geotagging, field recording, max/msp, wii controller, magnetic fields, gps


Niels Böttche, Reinhard Gupfinger, Vanessa de Michelis and Pablo Sanz Almoguera./Tutors: Stephan Baumann (DKFI) and Bram de Jong (Freesound Project)

Description


Three routes within the city of porto were chosen. The gps coordinates were traced during a soundwalk, where the audible range was recorded in 4 different layers (stereo channels): binaural, ultrasonic frequencies, electromagnetic emissions, underwater sound (for the river side) and solid vibrations with contact microphones (for the metro route).

First Route:Riverside
Ch1 - gigahertz
Ch2 - ultrasound
Ch3- binaural
Ch4 - underwater
Second Route:Historic Center to Mirador
Ch1 - gigahertz
Ch2 - ultrasound
Ch3- binaural
Ch4 - underwater
Third Route: Metro Casa da Musica to Trindade
Ch1 - gigahertz
Ch2 - ultrasound
Ch3- binaural
Ch4 - contact mic

The coordinates were placed into a map which can be navigated with a Wii controller. It allows the user to "walk" back and forth in the routes, listening to the the different sound layers of 3 minutes correspondent to the recordings at each location. By holding the controller in certain angles the user can change between the layers and listen to the different spectrums, as well as jump between the routes and change the speed of the journey.

This project was developed during the Sonic Interaction Design training school on Interacting with Environmental Sounds. The one week residency took place together with the 6th Sound and Music Computer Conference in Casa Da Música , Porto, Portugal. (July 18-21, 2009)

Some pictures of the process:

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