II

Interactive Installation

Humming Mississippi

Project URL: http://fredeerock.github.io/hummingmiss-web

Humming Mississippi is a sonic sculpture by Derick Ostrenko and Jesse Allison that performs a section of the Mississippi River on resonant wood planks as an organic instrument. In collaboration with researchers from Louisiana State University’s Coastal Hydraulics Lab a LIDAR scan of the Mississippi River floor was used to mill 18 miles of riverbed into individual planks of cedar. Small transducers attached to the back of each plank transform the board into a speaker colored by the individual characteristics of the wood and influenced by the carving of the river’s contours. The audio composition is generated based off a linear reading of river topology combined with a sonification of real-time river data including temperature, salt content, flow rate, and river height. A mobile application available at http://hmiss.in allows viewers to interact with the piece by manipulating the pitch of sonic hums that play back through their device and the installation in real-time.

Causeway

Project URL: http://fredeerock.github.io/causeway-web

Causeway is an interactive poetry app and performance written by Vincent Cellucci with audio by Jesse Allison and visuals by Derick Ostrenko. Originally a part of Cellucci's book An Easy Place / To Die the poem "Causeway" was inspired by events following Hurricane Katrina. The piece can be experienced as a performance or by itself as a mobile application. When Causeway is put on as a performance Cellucci reads the poem aloud while audience members interact by tapping phrases from the poem on their mobile devices to collectively transform visuals displayed on a large projection. Each tap produces a sonic echo taken from Cellucci's voice and causes his words to ripple through the theater. As an application this experience is containerized on the mobile device so that many users over time contribute to an ongoing visualization.