polynomialLOOP: A lightweight, interactive installation for San Francisco
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORS: Andrew John Wit + Simon Schleicher + Riccardo La Magna + Andreas Schonbrunner + Bruno Zamborlin
PROJECT STATUS: Prototyping
DESCRIPTION: polynomial LOOP is both an innovative pavilion showcasing the latest technology in digital fabrication and a unique interactive musical instrument for the city of San Francisco.
Located between the Exploratorium and Autodesk’s Pier 9 workshop, this project finds a particularly fertile ground – A culture media of play, curiosity, learning, and hands-on experience. Stimulated by this atmosphere, Polynomial Loop adapts to its surrounding and derives at its shape by super-positioning multiple circulation patterns and constructively interfering modes of occupation.
Sensitive to your touch, this interactive installation can be played with your hands and fingers like an idiophone. A series of sensors, speakers, and lamps that are placed inside the structure can detect and analyze your impulses and transform these vibrations into special sound and lighting effects.
Due to its differentiated form, the acoustic properties of the pavilion are by no means uniform. On the contrary, the differently sized panels in this complex structure resonate in unique frequencies and modulate the sound based on their dimensions, orientations, and textures. Various regions of the structure are additionally assigned with distinct sound qualities and provide a range of alternating tones and timbres.
Being connected to the internet, Polynomial Loop has a presence in the digital world and can be accessed by its own mobile app. This has far-reaching consequences, as it makes your mobile device become part of the instrument and allows you to fine-tune light and sound settings to your own desires, loop audio tracks, or compose entire pieces of music. Furthermore, you can team up with your friends and play the instrument as a group in order to orchestrate powerful audiovisual performances. And finally, Polynomial Loop is also a user-driven platform that invites the community to share ideas, songs, and videos and thus bring the sounds and lights of Pier 9 to life.