Elastic ‘Firewall’ tests the boundaries of life and death through touch and sound

Elastic ‘Firewall’ tests the boundaries of life and death through touch and sound

Somewhere near the intersection of music, motion, and metaphysics is where you’ll find “Firewall” — an interactive media installation from Aaron Sherwood and Mike Alison. At first glance, the piece may look somewhat underwhelming, consisting of nothing more than a spandex sheet stretched across a large frame. Once pressed, however, this membrane suddenly comes to life with fiery visual patterns and music that shift according to the depth and pressure of a person’s touch. The depth of the membrane is measured with a Microsoft Kinect, while music is generated using an alogrithm created from Max/MSP software. The volume and speed of this music changes with the force of an applied pressure, allowing for what Sherwood calls “a very…

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Elastic ‘Firewall’ tests the boundaries of life and death through touch and sound

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