Emotional Seismograph

This piece represents a combined emotional seismograph of an introduction to programming; Rachel as a beginner and Somayeh as a more advanced coder tackling programming sounds. The result is a playful composition to express emotional experiences through sound.

The interface, which consisted of emotion “sliders” was developed in the javaScript library P5.  The position of the slider creates a value that can be sent to Processing. The processing code maps the different positions of the mouse touch in the screen to a specific sound track by recalling it from Ableton. Ableton has also been used to mix the soundtracks and some musical instruments.

Learning to program demanded continuous problem solving, in terms of chunking down opaque challenges, describing goals, being meticulous about syntax, commenting intentions in code and being open to exploring a solution from alternative angles if the initial attempt wasn’t successful.