Throughout history, from Bach to Bjork, musicians have continued to seek out technology as a means of adding new dimensions to their performances. Today, technology is increasingly democratizing music, as the tools to create and share music are more accessible than ever.
Facilitated by Microsoft Kinect technology and actualized by NEW INC members, DELQA is a dynamic and immersive environment that pushes the relationship of music and tech by creating an intimate space that surrounds visitors with unique sounds and visuals.
Critically acclaimed musician and producer Matthew Dear worked closely with a collective of members from NEW INC: interactive developer Charlie Whitney, animator Philip Sierzega, music interaction and spatial sound team Dave Rife and Gabe Liberti, music interaction developer Yotam Mann, and environmental design team The Principals to determine how visitor’s movements could transform their environment, blurring the lines between creator and audience.
The interactive experience they devised uses 44 channel audio to create a 3D spatial audio system, combined with 8 Microsoft Xbox Kinects and a responsive lighting system in order to build a world out of music. The structure will comprise a large maze-like metal armature, covered in a black mesh fabric that visitors will wander through upon entering the project space. Using slot canyon as inspiration for the form, the non-uniform paths and crevasses ask audience members to push, crawl and climb through the structure. As visitors explore the space, they also uncover new arrangements of sounds filled with rhythmic complexities, pitch range, and synthesis parameter.
Visit the installation from August 6-9 to experience it for yourself and stay tuned for more updates, behind-the-scenes videos, and interviews about the project.
DELQA is on view at New Museum’s NEW INC Pop-Up Project Space, located at 231 Bowery, from August 6–9, 2015. Viewing hours are Thursday–Friday, 11 AM–9 PM; Saturday–Sunday, 11 AM–6 PM.