Audance invites users to create beautiful, expressive music together over a networked connection. Using the computer's keyboard, mouse and webcam as musical controllers, each click or keystroke and its corresponding sound are broadcast over the internet, allowing participants to play together in realtime, regardless of their proximity to each other.
Each keypress triggers a different note, either playing it once, holding it, or retriggering it on a loop. With the mouse, you can control filters on the keyboard synthesizer or click and drag to play an additional instrument. If selected, the webcam can also be used as a musical controller, either as an additional filter on the keyboard synthesizer or as an instrument on its own.
With sound synthesized in Tone.js and visuals animated in p5.js, Audance provides rich visual feedback for each musical event, allowing users to find their creative flow regardless of their level of musical experience.
Developed as an exploration of how sound moves through and interacts with the body, “Pulse Resonance” is an installation that allows you to feel another person's heartbeat not with your ears, but through your body. It involves two people: the “performer” and the “listener.” The listener lies down on their back on a low platform. A stethoscope and microphone pick up the performer's heartbeat – or other bodily sounds – and sends them to a surface transducer under the platform. In this way, the performer's heart is not heard through the listener's ears, but rather felt through their body.
Although I originally designed the piece as a performance with my own heartbeat, audience members also enjoyed taking on the role of performer, using the stethoscope on themselves and letting their friends feel their heartbeat. Thus, during the show I will take on the role of the performer at most times, but will also allow visitors to “perform” if they desire to. Thus, the project acts as both a performance and as an interactive installation.