SWARM: Play the light of the city

Noise Orchestra were commissioned by ENLIGHT: European Light Expression Network to create ‘SWARM: Play the light of the city’, a sound walk where users are provided with portable Noise Machines that respond to light in the urban environment. These walks took place in 2018 at Rome Media Art Festival, SPECTRA Aberdeen and Manchester Science Festival.  Participants form a walking electronic drone orchestra, re-framing their relationship to architecture, the urban environment and spatial acoustics. The Noise Machines sample the environment and can pitch bend with light, they also have three light dependent waveform generators for synthesis in the environment. Technology was developed on residency at Pervasive Media Studios, Bristol, Fondazione Mondo Digitale in Rome and Eagle Labs, Salford. Read more about the project development here.


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