Pendula: An Interactive Swing Installation and Performance Environment

Bhumber, Kirandeep and Lee, Nancy and Topp, Brian

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

This paper describes the processes involved in developing Pendula, a performance environment and interactive installation using swings, interactive video, and audio. A presentation of the project is described using three swings. Gyroscopic and accelerometer data were used in each of the setups to control audio and visual parameters.The installation was presented as both an interactive environment and as a performance instrument, with multiple public performances. Construction of the physical devices used, circuits built, and software created is covered in this paper, along with a discussion of problems and their solutions encountered during the development of Pendula.