Busby Berkeley Goes Mad, Pt. 1 (wave test)

I’ve been playing with harmonic / wave motion passing through an ensemble. This test imagines a hundred dancers, each fed a separate audio signal through (let’s say) a wireless earpiece, with the pitch corresponding to some axis of movement (in this example, vertical) and each dancer constantly adjusting to match their unique pitch. The fun thing is that it could be overlaid on existing choreography (whether set or improvised) as a sort of guide layer. Apologies for the horrible slide whistle, I’m not much of an electronic musician. Future directions: the dancers should be able to move about at will, and have their pitch track their position…

Live sketch is after the jump.

Source code.

Base code, thanks to Steven Kay.

Directions: Click in the object once to make it active. After that, clicking will create a new random pattern of ripples (which will gradually fade). Use the W, A, S, and D keys on the keyboard to hear the audio fed to different positions.

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