Project

Future Music Blender

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The Future Music Blender (FMB) is a totally new part of the Brain Opera, which was permanently installed in Vienna in summer 2000. The FMB is the culminating experience of the Brain Opera. Visitors will enter a second room after exploring the Brain Opera's Mind Forest. In this FMB room, they will listen to multiple music and sound samples, culled from the Mind Forest, the Internet, and a pre-processor database. Selected sounds represented as ID-tagged tokens will be submitted to a central "blender" sculpture, which will read the ID and immediately incorporate the selected sound into an active performance database. A specially adapted Sensor Chair, with a Multi-Modal Mixer (MMM) for extra left-hand control, will allow one user at a time to select sounds from the active database (organized spatially according to perceptually salient characteristics), to create musical collages by waving a hand in the air, and to mix or "blend" these sounds with MMM gestures and commands. A generative algorithm will analyze the sound collage playing at any given moment, and supplement it with an appropriate musical accompaniment. Thus, found sounds will be turned into beautiful music.

The Future Music Blender (FMB) is a totally new part of the Brain Opera, which was permanently installed in Vienna in summer 2000. The FMB is the culminating experience of the Brain Opera. Visitors will enter a second room after exploring the Brain Opera's Mind Forest. In this FMB room, they will listen to multiple music and sound samples, culled from the Mind Forest, the Internet, and a pre-processor database. Selected sounds represented as ID-tagged tokens will be submitted to a central "blender" sculpture, which will read the ID and immediately incorporate the selected sound into an active performance database. A specially adapted Sensor Chair, with a Multi-Modal Mixer (MMM) for extra left-hand control, will allow one user at a time to select sounds from the active database (organized spatially according to perceptually salient characteristics), to create musical collages by waving a hand in the air, and to mix or "blend" these sounds with MMM gestures and commands. A generative algorithm will analyze the sound collage playing at any given moment, and supplement it with an appropriate musical accompaniment. Thus, found sounds will be turned into beautiful music.