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MediaScapes I: Forever


Forever at the Victoria & Albert Museum from Universal Everything on Vimeo.

If you’re based in London and looking for something to do one day this month, we recommend that you visit Universal Everything’s installation, Forever, which is currently on show in the John Madejski Garden at the V&A. The project, a collab oration between Matt Pyke, Karsten Schmidt and Simon Pyke, consists of a large videowall installation of endless animations that responds to an ever-changing soundtrack…

Forever is an art project formed from generative music and generative visuals and is a commission for the museum’s new digital programme,” explains Schmidt. “Simon Pyke has composed the music and sound – he’s created hundreds of different soundscapes, drums, all in the same key so that anything can be mixed together. It will evolve over the two months it’s on, so you’ll never hear, or see, the same thing twice. It’s based on the same kinds of micro-patterns as Mozart’s generative minuets, but on a more detailed level. When the sound is intense it will trigger pulses on the visual side and visual elements will also feed back into the music.

As we rapidly approach singularity, and our lives each day become more fused with technology, I've often pondered a day in which nature and technology were indistinguishable.  My vision, I guess would be inverted image of a Blade Runner type world with ultimate sustainable design.  A place where biomimicry advances to the point at which the mimicry part becomes meaningless with systems in place so that we are finally as one with nature--hurray.

I am deeply intrigued how the intermingling of nature and media can occur in the landscape.  It fascinates me that different tones of sound and melodies can greatly affect mood and outlook.  With landscapes, a certain emotion can be generated through spatial sequencing, scale, texture, and color.  I would like to explore possibilities of how music/sound media and landscape designed congruently can redefine the psychology of space. In a similar fashion that lighting design can conjure certain emotion, I see music and sound integration as a design element in the landscape as an untapped realm of spatial expression. 

If you take the Forever example, which responds to sounds creating almost a digital sculpture with light, something similar might be construed using the wind through trees and their moving response, physically recorded and digitally and audibly translated giving a visual language and sound to space.

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