Cloud Bridge: a Data-driven Immersive Audio-Visual Software Interface

Liu, Qian and Han, Yoon Chung and Kuchera-Morin, JoAnn and Wright, Matthew

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

Cloud Bridge is an immersive interactive audiovisual software interface forboth data exploration and artistic creation. It explores how information can besonified and visualized to facilitate findings, and eventually becomeinteractive musical compositions. Cloud Bridge functions as a multi-user,multimodal instrument. The data represents the history of items checked out bypatrons of the Seattle Public Library. A single user or agroup of users functioning as a performance ensemble participate in the pieceby interactively querying the database using iOS devices. Each device isassociated with aunique timbre and color for contributing to the piece, whichappears on large shared screens and a surround-sound system for allparticipants and observers. Cloud Bridge leads to a new media interactiveinterface utilizing audio synthesis, visualization and real-time interaction.