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Spatializing Sound: “Missing” by The xx

Missing, taken from British band The xx’s latest album Coexist, is part of an exhibition at Sonos Studios that explores the “shifting relationship between man and machine.”

The Sonos installation by Matt Mets, Aramique Krauthamer, and media artist Kyle McDonald comprises a room filled with stepper motor controlled speakers and 3-D Kinect cameras that track and follow listeners as they move through the space. The cameras register visitors positioned within the space and cleverly instruct the speakers to face each listener as they pass through.

“It’s kind of like these people that are surrounding you but are only speaking to you with music, and in a way they’re kind of silently watching you,” explains Kyle McDonald to Wired.

Interactive technology, which is becoming increasingly self-expressive, is altering the dynamic between performer and audience. More recently, musician Luke Fishbeck of Lucky Dragons connected a live audience to physical wires to compose an electronic symphony, creating a piece of music that was specific to its own audience.

Our recent In The Air report Digital Empathy explores the dialogue between humans and technology, which is being enhanced through computers and physical engagement.

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