White Mountain, Black Water

Chenhe Zhang, Yves Pokakunkanon

An installation that explores the characteristics of water and utilizes them to create interactive music experiences.



Inspired by 'Water Pachinko' by Hara Kenya, 'White Mountain, Black Water' is an attempt on brining regular everyday substance to life.

In this project, we study the characteristics of water movement and its potential to create sound. By letting water drops traveling down through a white canvas that has small pins attached to it as obstacles, the water drops can either change direction, multiply into several drops or combine with other drops each time they hit the pins. This allows the water drops to move around vividly, putting life into it.

A microphone is installed next to the bowl below the canvas to collect the sound of the water dropping and use it as one of the sound sources. A camera will track the pace and positions of each water drops, turn them into numbers which will be translated into Midi notes. Each time water is being dropped to the canvas, it will make different sounds, emphasizing the uniqueness in movement of each water drop.

User will be able to use water as a musical instrument and perform with it while enjoying organic sounds created by water, mixed with electronic melodies that represent far-east style instrumental music.


Music Interaction Design

Hear The Line

Chenyu Sun, Chenhe Zhang, Qice Sun

Hear The Line – Augmented Reality Collective Story-Telling Experience​​​​​​​



It sounds like audio social media posts placed in a mirror world (augmented reality), it is also a new way of storytelling. It could be considered as a site specific experience, only in certain place and by certain moves could you perceive the few minutes experience created by the previous users, people can feel how the “sound” creator was going through in that minute at that specific place by moving the way he/she moved.


Mobile Lab, Mobile Lab, Video Sculpture