Alice Sound Machine

interactive multimedia installation

Alice sound machine is an old drink distributor transformed in an original system of multimedia processing. During the enjoyment of this experience, the user is invited to interact with the “sound machine”. Selecting the varied types of sounds, moving and pronouncing words, the user becomes the protagonist of a short audio/video composition. The images from the webcam change the composition in real time and the words which have been said are mixed with the sounds of the selected category. The algorithm I developped in Max MSP/Jitter is inspired by the one used in “Fontana mix” by John Cage. The hardware is produced with electronic waste material with the help of Giorgio Taramasso.

Selectionable categories:

  • Cuneo’s landscape
  • synthesis sounds
  • songs from Piedmont
  • sound signals
  • voices
  • sounds from the animal world
  • musical instruments
  • sounds from politics
  • soundtracks cinemix
  • small sounds amplified
  • sounds from tecnology
  • body sounds
  • coffee sounds
  • sounds from the world
  • working sounds

What is the purpose of writing music? One is, of course, not dealing with purposes but dealing with sounds. Or the answer must take the form of a paradox: a purposeful purposeless or a purposeless play. This play, however, is an affirmation of life–not an attempt to bring order out of chaos nor to suggest improvements in creation, but simply a way of waking up to the very life we’re living, which is so excellent once one gets one’s mind and one’s desires out of its way and lets it act of its own accord.

John Cage