- creative field sound design
- Client Name hdpk HackLab
- Project URL hacklab.hdpk.de
- Completion Date 05/13/2016
The audio visual atmosphere research project has been initiated by the hdpk HackLab, an interdisciplinary project forge at the hdpk, and has been awarded in 2015 a scholarship of 1000,-€.
Motivation and challenges
The current climate conference in Paris drags a lot of media attention to the topic climate. It is a complex task to make the effect of the climatic change palpable and tangible to everyone given the information explosion and abstract numbers shown in the media.
The AVARP system shall help artists and designers to process all these abstract information and turn them into synaesthetic sound scares and visualizations which are easier to understand. This way not only a cultural but also a pedagogical added value has been gained.
With the automated connection to social media (e.g. via the Twitter API) it is very easily possible to provide daily update, which one can hear or see. This way a unique audio visual impression of the current weather events is generated. This soundscape could also be send via a radio transmitter.
Overall this project creates an increased consciousness for the hard to apprehend, complex processes within our atmosphere and helps to face the preservation and transformation by showing the incredible complexity in an aesthetic way.
Many question show up: is it possible to describe the weather wit sound? Where is the sonic difference in the seasons? Which melody separates warm and cold days? What accord sounds sunny? What is the timbre of a colorful autumn?
The media psychological answers are certainly exciting and interesting for every audio designer and composer.
For us, nature with all its moods will become the composer. We want make the incredible fluxes of our atmosphere hearable to everyone. Every student is allowed to take the challenge and create a very own design.
It will be interesting to find out, on wich ideas one agrees and where the ways are parting.
Creating a synaesethetic soundscape which works universal for everyone is a really big challenge and needs a lot of creativity and fine tuning in sound design. Besides all the psycho acoustic tricks many sound designers already know, there are still a lot of questions and many things have to be discovered.
Concept and technical implementation
AVARP is a complex system for capturing and rendering wether data. The system is supposed to be an interface for the creative use of data structures and data visualization and sonification.
The system is built modular, such that sound design, interface design, visualization and coding are not only necessary, but are also continuously developed and therefore the system will be improved and extended.
Added to the house own real time capturing of weather data with a self designed RaspberryPi wehster station, there is also the option to recall past weather conditions via open source weather data structures and to implement them into our system. This way the recipient is able to travel to arbitrary day and places to get an impression of the weather back then.
With the development of the core system and all the necessary modules, the work on all the different parts is simplified and every party kann focus on their own content without having to touch the infrastructure of the system.
The system aims to be built in a “plug and play” manner, providing ready to use blocks, with which one can start to be creative immediately.