An Installation connecting cultures and people

Global Sounds is an interactive installation which aims to bring people together in public space. A series of pyramids were installed, each programmed to play different instrumental sections of a song when interacted with. The more pyramids interacted with at once, the richer the song produced, with only full participation resulting in the full song.

Credits
Art, Concept and Development:

Picaroon (Rebecca Gischel & Sebastian Walter)


Music & Composing:
Theresa Zaremba (UK)


Sound Design:
Rick Savagne (USA)


Technology:
Arduino, Processing, Webcams, Light Bulbs, PIRs


Exhibitions:
October 2015 at the AURORA light art festival in Dallas (USA)
September 2013 at Ars Electronica Festival in Linz (AT)
April 2013 in Edinburgh (UK)

The number of migrants in the EU has increased notably over the last few years. Migrants enrich the EU by bringing parts of their own culture with them. Global Sounds is an interactive installation which shows the exciting diversity migrants help creating. A series of pyramids were installed at a square in Edinburgh, each programmed to play different instrumental sections of a song when interacted with. The more pyramids interacted with at once, the richer the song produced. When all pyramids are working together, they compose an harmonic musical piece in its entirety. The composition, which was written especially for the project, included a mix of instruments symbolic of different cultures such as the kato and didgeridoo, which are often not heard together, to allude to the multicultural richness migrants have brought to the UK and Europe.

Global Sounds got exhibited at the Ars Electronica Fest 2014 in Linz (AT), at the AURORA light fest in Dallas (USA) and in Edinburgh (UK).