interactive sound and video installation
VOICEBOX provides an intimate interaction within an enclosed "box"
and an amplification of that interaction outside the box. Inside VOICEBOX
, the Participant has privacy in which to utter a peep, a word, a scream
or a song into a microphone. These vocalizations are sensed and matched
in pitch by audio voice fragments, stored in a database and output on
interaction, piecing together a narrative. Simultaneously, the Participant
watches a silent video on a small monitor inside the box. On voice interaction,
this video switches to a parallel video sequence. In this way, the Participant
"practices" the VOICEBOX , evoking hidden layers of sound and
Outside VOICEBOX, the Participant appears to viewers as a shadow image
juxtaposed to a large screen projection of the video narrative. When the
Participant sustains a note, their shadow is keyed into the narrative
as a third video channel. Like early silent film accompanists, the Participant
generates live accompaniment to the moving picture. The narrative takes
shape in iteratively, in interactive response to the unique vocal patterns
and verbal elaborations of each Participant.
A story is told in this human-computer duet, but by whom? Based on a Chinese
myth about a woman who becomes two people and is later re-unified, fragmentation
and integration run parallel here. VOICEBOX invites participants into
the paradoxical intersection of several story lines and vocal presences.
This paradigm manifests the dislocated "self" of digital and
communications culture: disembodied, distributed, transient, potentially
disintegrated. VOICEBOX posits an intimate experience of this "disintegration,"
reflecting both the technological moment and a philosophical inquiry into
the transience of identity.
Input: Max/MSP analyzes the voice signal spectrum
audio samples sequenced to generate a live narrative with both
random and linear elements;
computer-controlled video switching between default video channel
and secondary channel, with third channel that appears on a sustained
vocal note, keying video through a live shadow mask.