Collaborative Music Driven by Facial Expressions!
The Sound of Emotion (thesoundofemotion.com) is an art installation designed to encourage collaborative music creation. The project embodies the most compelling virtues that San Francisco represents; cutting edge technology, artful execution, compelling group interaction and the attraction of diverse community.
The project entices community to interact with one another by creating music based solely on the participant's facial expression. This unique experience will encourage groups to work spontaneously and creatively.
The installation will incorporate four iPads, configured in a rectangular array. For the selected musical genre, each device will represent a single unique instrument (e.g. World Beat: iPad 1: didgeridoo, iPad 2: bata drum, iPad 3: hand-held percussion, iPad 4: bells).
The instruments will be "played" through each iPad’s proprietary emotion detection software, courtesy of Emotient, Inc (emotient.com). The software recognizes up to seven unique facial expressions - when an individual walks up to the device, their instrument begins to play. Each additional person represents a new instrument with the opportunity to shape the resulting music collectively through their expression.
Music Brings People Together
The "Sound of Emotion" installation will demonstrate that people from all cultures, demographics and socioeconomic characteristics will be drawn together in the creation of music. Once attracted, the participant's involvement will deepen upon realizing their emotion is shaping the music and influencing the collaboration with fellow participants.
"The powerful psychological pull of music in modern life may derive from its innate ability to connect us to others."Chris Loersch (University of Colorado)
"At its core, live music has the ability to unite people under a singular experience, which, in turn, can change the way people think and behave… As it turns out, this phenomenon is rather ancient. According to some recent findings published in periodicals like the New York Times and National Geographic as well as in scholarly journals such as the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, humans have used music as a form of social bonding for the last 40,000 + years."Michael Callas posted on Strymon.net
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