The v.01 installation is a collaboration between Techsquad and Aaron Bradbury. He’s doing the pretty pictures, we’re taking care of the sound design and control systems.
The project started with a really basic brainstorming session. Our aims were to produce something that could run in the gallery space at QUAD (our fortress of solitude) that would showcase both our creative team but also the resources we have access to through our work at QUAD. We decided that the piece had to be a large scale, interactive sound and visual piece that would allow users to affect their environment within a set of aesthetic constraints that would encourage them to learn and adapt the piece as they play with it.
Hopefully it might be fun too.
As we’ve gone on and seen the amazing work that Aaron has produced for the project, it’s getting really exciting. Now our challenge is to create a robust system that allows enough interaction with any limitations remaining unobtrusive. The main obstacles being processing power for the visuals and implementing effective controls that make sense without requiring any prior knowledge or training of the gallery visitors. There’s no way this could work if it’s designed with musicians or VJs in mind - it has to allow anyone to interact with it and be aesthetically pleasing on even its most simple levels.