Digital Arts and New Media: MFA: Collaboration, Innovation, Social Impact

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Daniel Christopher: Still

The experience is designed to focus control of the breath on the pulsing colors and shapes in the room in order for participants to reach a collective, meditative state. 

Still is an interactive installation intended for open, public space. Participants activate sustained single notes by standing in one of several pulsing, colored circles for more than two seconds. The detection of participants in the circles, in turn, triggers more circles and more possibilities for non-linear music-making. Moving out of the circles instantly causes the respective sounds to cease, and some circles to disappear. The pitches of audio clips comprised melody notes of various polychords (extended V-I cadences, as well as stacked I-ii combinations; in other words epic “amen” or “a-ha” harmonies). The experience is designed to focus control of the breath on the pulsing colors and shapes in the room in order for participants to reach a collective, meditative state. 

The work was shown at the Museum of Art & History's (Santa Cruz) first Glow festival