Apple has published an interview with sonic artist Christopher Janney, whose work some readers may have seen at the recent Hyde Park Wireless Festival.
Janney is the artist behind the Sonic Forest exhibit which featured at the festival. This travelling exhibition uses a collection of sixteen standing movement-activated columns which respond to stimulus by creating a chorus of ever-changing sounds. And the touring exhibition runs on a 1.5GHz PowerBook G4.
Janney explains: "Audio collected by 64 sensors is converted to MIDI, which then enters the PowerBook running the Max software. The latter controls a series of hits, or sound banks, whereby different environmental and melodic sounds are triggered. The result is then fed to 16 different amplifiers that go back out to the speakers in the Forest".
The artist is full of praise for the Mac as a stable platform, which he first began using while a student at MIT: "We found we could work much more easily with the Mac and I've never had a reason to change; to get what we want and to get it as stable as we want, we've always stuck with Apple", he said.
And what's it all for? Janney explains: "As an architect, my interest is to help people feel less alienated — especially in urban situations."
You can read the entire report, and access a sound clip taken from the Sonic Forest here.