(Simon de Diesbach, Jonas Lacôte, Laura Perrenoud, “The Computer Orchestra”, 2013)
The creators of “The Computer Orchestra” initially met at University of Art and Design of Lausanne in Switzerland during their Bachelor’s degree in media and interaction design. This project started as a small project, but later grew into an amazing piece that was exhibited in various parts of the world.
“The Computer Orchestra” is an interactive installation that allows viewers to conduct their own orchestra. Users can upload or download music samples and integrate them to their own taste using the simple interface within in the computer. The sounds also change according to space. Kinect connected to the center of the computer detects motion of the user’s hands and position and interacts accordingly.
I personally admire the interactivity of this artwork. Being able to produce an orchestra that usually needs a handful of people with computers sounds amazing. The original thought and the combination of interactiveness made the artwork accessible and fun. I feel like this artwork was also educational, which makes it extra worthy to exhibit.