The affective states of the user is extracted, analyzed, amplified, and sonified. Emotional expression becomes a soundscape. Sound Affect was originally developed as a performance piece for New Interfaces for Musical Expression
What exactly is music and why is it that it can instill such strong emotions in people? This is the question I sought to explore when I approached this project. One theory about music is that it simulates the natural cycles and rhythms in our bodies. For instance, when you hear a loud fast bass line, it gets us excited and aroused because it simulates a loud fast heart-beat that we might feel in our own bodies. With this project, I wish to take this idea that music instills emotion, and turn it on its head by having emotion create music.