Choir Xylophone (2003)

Elevator pitch
Choir Xylophone is an interactive musical toy that uses a singer’s visual image and sound to represent the different notes of the instrument. Each note is paired with its own unique icon.

Interactivity to the video and sound

Editing is often the most interesting and thrilling part of my video making process because the entire story/mood can be completely altered depending solely on how I arrange the various pieces.

In this project, I wanted the process of creating videos to be interactive. By tapping this instrument, users assemble a montage of singing individuals that they are then able to view.

User scenario
The harder users hit the metal, the louder the music plays and the bigger the image appears. Users also have freedom of bringing up different videos for each note by alternating between the three buttons given.

View video from installation (.mov format / You need to turn on the speakers)
Xylophone in action (708k / 00’17”)

Choir Xylophone (made with metal and wood) is running on a custom-built electric circuit (basic-programmed Pic Microcontroller and sensors). The instrument talks to a computer (software written with Max/MSP/Jitter) through Midi connection. It makes use of image projection and sound processing.

Exhibition history ITP show: Winter 2003