Adelaide to Melbourne 18-05-2015 22:53

what 🍪 Single channel, generative audio-visual composition
when 🍪 2015
Adelaide to Melbourne is a musical sonification of the approach and landing into Melbourne airport. Shot at night, the aircraft's navigation beacons and the street lights below provide rhythm and pitch data 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.