Thursday, January 15, 2009

Interactive Sound

Textiles and sound come together in these inspiring pieces by Christy Matson, one of the speakers at the Inspired Design conference. Her work combines handwoven Jacquard fabrics with electronic circuitry and computer programming to create interactive sound installations.

The two pieces above, titled digital synesthesia and movements, are woven with copper and wired to vintage amplifiers. When a viewer touches the woven pieces they emit sound through the amplifiers. In movements, each weaving plays a unique sound and when they are touched at the same time they create another unified sound. Like a textile band! To get a real view of how these pieces work check out the videos HERE and HERE. As you can see, there is an extensive amount of work, programming and skill involved in creating these interactive and audible weavings.

Matson's work is pushing textile and sound boundaries. In the future we may never wonder "if these walls or that jacket could talk" because they might actually do so!

15 comments:

hmstrjam said...

very cool

Joyce said...

Amazing! It would be fun to have walls that talk. This conference must have been so neat to attend. I bet you are glad that you went!

::Jan:: said...

My friend has a son who is blind. That is who I thought of. What a neat thing.

a print a day said...

was this from the convention you went to? this is awesome!

cindy : quaint said...

wow, i'm amazed by the things people create. this is really neat!

visualinfluenceblog.com said...

gorgeous and so original. i love it!

Chessa! said...

this is so cool and such a wonderful idea.

thanks for your comment today at the lilbee. I'm putting you right on my blogroll. :)

please sir said...

Yes - this was from the conference. What a wonderful idea to utilize it for the blind.

erin@designcrisis said...

I saw her exhibition at CCA back on 04 or 05 but had forgotten about it until now... it was a truly awesome experience to be in the room with all that interactive noise.

High Desert Diva said...

The mind is whirling. So cool.

Victoria said...

wow!

Courtney said...

Wow. That is really incredible! I would be fascinated to see that in person.

Cicada Studio said...

Amazing.

Hey Harriet said...

That's amazing!

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