Video of the approach to Melbourne airport sonified for piano, marimba and xylophone.
The piece takes a practical approach the phenomenon of synesthesia and aleatoric music, allowing the moving image to produce a composition with only distant intervention and direction from the composer. Three vertical columns of pixels are analyzed and converted into musical notes for piano, marimba and xylophone, with the brightness of the pixels varying the velocity of the notes.
The structure and arrangement of the piece emerges from the landscape of street lights, cars and infrastructure passing below, the banking and pitching of the aircraft as well as the rhythmic pulsing of it’s navigation lights. Max source code available here.