Dance with your own shadow to improvised music from interactive installation

Dance with your own shadow to improvised music from interactive installation

Mesa Musical Shadows is the title of an installation that Montréal’s interaction design studio Daily tous les jours has installed in Arizona’s Mesa Arts Center. Made from custom fabricated tiles with embedded speakers and light sensors, a sound is triggered by shadows so a person’s presence and movement will create the sound.

Just as shadows are ever changing based on the time of day, the weather, and the season, the design studio poses the idea that “a visitor may never quite cast the same shadow twice”. This dynamic quality of the environment is embedded into the piece itself with the sounds changing with the angle of the sun, creating different sonic atmospheres at morning, the midday, the evening, and at night.

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