Flocking Orchestra (aka DT1) is the first product of Side T (2004.2-) of Project Conducting Flock for Media Art.
Playing Music by Conducting Flocking Agents
Abstract: DT1 is an interactive installation that employs flocking algorithms to produce music and visuals. The user's motions are captured by a video camera and influence the flocks behaviour.
Each agent moving in a virtual 3D space controls a MIDI instrument whose playing style depends on the agent's state. In this system, the user acts as a conductor influencing the flock's musical activity. In addition to gestural interaction, you can also modify the acoustic properties of the system on the fly by using an intuitive GUI.
The acoustical and visual output of the system results from the combination of the flock's and user's behaviour. It therefore creates on the behavioural level a mixing of natural and artificial reality. The system has been designed to run an a variety of different computational configuration ranging from small laptops to exhibition scale installations.
NOTE: This version is free as a beta test version.
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· The animation rendering got running in an independent thread separated from the main thread.
· It runs smoothly even in case the camera is slow.
· A bug of full-screen mode for a wide display was fixed.