- can we create beauty from pollution&noise?
- can we create music from the movement of transit systems?
- can a 3-lane road be audibly represented by a single 3-string instrument
- can we attach a separate instrument per lane of traffic?
- can we integrate natural/regional sounds?
eg. dulcimer, balalaika; or a 6-lane road by a 6-string guitar?
- in Prokofiev’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’, each character of the tale is represented by a different instrument
- similar to the tines of a music box or the punched holes of a music roll, each vehicle passing a fixed point (?overpass?) triggers a preset tone
- an interactive, open source, non-profit sound project
(chord = 2+ notes played together = multiple vehicles passing a fixed point simultaneously)
instrument selection - 1 instrument per lane
brass - trumpet, trombone, french horn, euphonium, tuba, flugel
woodwind - recorder, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon
strings - violin, cello, bass, harp, guitar (viola),(koto)
percussion - timpani, snare drum, steel drum, tambourine, maracas, marimba
keyboard - piano, organ, accordion, concertina, harpsichord, electronic
(?887,503,681 possible musical combinations?)
note length selection
(proportional to length of vehicle)
transit/semi 1/2 - 1 note
van 1/4 - 1/2 note
car 1/8 - 1/4 note
motorcycle break - 1/8 note
speed of vehicle
transit/semi trucks 1 note
van 1/2 note
car 1/4 note
motorcycle 1/8 note
proof of concept
preset: 1 instrument - electronic keyboard
vehicles passing fixed point triggers sound for that lane
- pitch varies in proportion to vehicle speed?
- live feed into a public venue for an interactive, non-profit music display?
- melodious: smooth out note or chord, stretch chord, reverb or speed up film/sound?
- do we need rhythm?
- can color of vehicle define tone, key or chord?
- changing lanes “passing note”?
- integrate natural/ethnic/regional sounds?