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Digital Windchimes Play Back the City’s Noise

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Artist Marc de Pape creates a call-and response windchime using 18 sensors to absorb ambient noise and play back a responsive sound to listeners. via designboom.

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Inspired by Georg Simmel’s notion of the Blasé (an indifference towards the difference between things), I set out to explore the relationship between sensing technology and the routines of everyday life. I feel the city is all too commonly represented by abstract systems and maps, a tendency driven by a reductionist pursuit of efficiency, and one which ignores the idiosyncrasies occurring on street level. This is the noise:


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Data visualization

The Chime performs “I Can’t Tell If You’re Coming Or Going” between Lakeshore Blvd. and Lake Ontario in the Morning in Dm from Marc De Pape on Vimeo.


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