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things I made at ITP and after: sketches, prototypes, and other documentation

Wednesday, December 19, 2007


On December 13th, I played moneytone as part of the NIME/Algorithmic Composition show at ExitArt. The 6 minute long composition was my final project for Algorithmic Composition, taught by R. Luke Dubois.

The composition was driven by financial transaction data from the past seven years of my life. I’ve been tracking my spending and earnings using software programs since 1998 and wanted to hear what this fairly large dataset (comprising 3143 days) could sound like.

moneytone patch performance

Instead of simply playing a recording of the piece, I chose to perform it live to see if it would be more engaging as a performance. I built some realtime interaction into the Max/Msp patch I was using to sonify the data so I could adjust the intensity of each of the 54 category frequency bands in the piece.

posted by Michael at 2:40 pm  

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