Parallel was commissioned by Boora Architects to create a permanent sound installation in a newly constructed building on the Microsoft Campus in Redmond, WA. The resulting installation musically activates the interior space of the lobby by utilizing the weather conditions directly outside.
To achieve this effect, a weather station, mounted onto the roof of the building, continuously captures changes in the weather. The resulting data stream, containing wind speed, temperature, precipitation, and sunlight, is parsed by a Node.JS server we wrote and output as OSC to a PureData patch, which subsequently triggers musical sounds that playback through around one hundred speakers mounted into the lobby's ceiling.
In this way, the continually shifting nature of weather at the site is represented in real-time by a constantly changing musical composition.
Client: MICROSOFT | BOORA ARCHITECTS
Date Created: Spring, 2015