Resounding Reactions

Using Processing, two sketches were created with the desire to get users to interact with the computer in a way other than touch.

In the first sketch, sound bridges the gap between human and computer and allows the user to see a physical representation of the volume of sound present at that moment. The image generated slowly fades away as more and more sounds are layered on top. By moving the mouse across the screen, the size and radius of the shapes can be altered– all while they pulse along to present sounds in the room.

The second sketch employs similar code but opts for a simpler visualization. As the decibels increase, the number of sides of the shape increase as well– giving the user a clear visual representation of how loud the sounds are.