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Cosmusica

Acoustic interaction Space Art

Cosmusica is a musical instrument that creates acoustic real-time interactions between humans and the universe. The ball in the frame moves synchronically to the one on the space flight. When the ball travels to each direction under weightlessness, it will trigger the music of different planets in each direction. I’m composing the musica universalis resonating between heaven and earth.

OVERVIEW

1 year (2020.12-2021.12)

Undergraduate graduation Design

2021 Science  Technology Week

Adviser: Danqing Shi

RESULT

2022 Grand Prize, Champion

China-US Youth Creators Competition

2021 Denny Awards

2021 China Story, CCTV

The Quest for Space, CGTV

The 1st Prize, China Creative Challenges Contest

2021 Excellent Graduation Achievements

2020 The 1st Prize, SDG Hackathon

 MY ROLE

Team leader

Project designer

UX designer

Cosmic Flux Data collector

Unity developer

Installation Maker

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Look up, 
the outer space is eternal night & silent


Can we hear the sound of space?
Can we interact with them?

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WHAT‘S COSMUSICA

Cosmusica is a musical instrument that creates real-time acoustic interactions between humans and the universe.

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It consists of two parts,

the Space section built-in input and trigger port and

the Earth section built-in sound ports and interactive space.

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When the ball randomly travels to each direction under weightlessness,

it will trigger the music of different planets in each direction.

Employing the corresponding geo-data of the satellite orbiting the earth and mapping the orbital location to geo-location,

I’m composing the musica universalis resonating between heaven & earth.

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EXHIBITION VIDEO

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​INSPIRATION

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Quantum Entanglement

Quantum entanglement is a quantum mechanical

phenomenon in which once two particles have

established an entangled state.


Even at great distances, the behavior of one particle affects the state of another at real-time.

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KEY FEATURE

·THE OUTER SPACE SECTION

The outer space part is a

5 X 5 X 5cm (2 X 2 X 2 in) loaded quartz glass box,

with a monocular camera in the distance,

recording the movement of the red ball inside.

Simulation of the vision of outer space   👇

Also it can collect the waveform data from all directions of the universe,

such as gamma rays and electromagnetic waves, are collected and

transformed into the sound of each planet.

The little red ball inside is like a small conductor, random movement in the microgravity conditions of space, controlling the speed of the ground ball, position, etc., to compile a unique musical effect.

·THE PRINCIPLE OF DIRECTIONAL-TRIGGERED MUSIC

Using the space box as a reference system,

the movement of the red ball triggers the music of the planets in different directions.

 

Corresponding principle:

The direction of the ball's movement corresponds to the planet in the equatorial coordinate system in that direction.
 

And Earth is included.

Let's click to hear the music of planet 👇

Earth
Solar
Mercury
Mars
Jupiter
Moon
Venus
Neptune
Uranus
Saturn
·EARTH PART: THE MUSIC OF CORRESPONDING AREAS

The space box carries the satellite around the earth, circling the earth every 90min.

 

When the space red ball triggers to the orientation of the earth, Cosmusica will trigger the music of the earth area.

Elements of earth music:

Audio streams & Natural data

winds, currents, topography, weather

Data resourse:

https://cera-www.dkrz.de/

http://data.cma.cn/

·THE EARTH EXHIBITION SECTION

Experience space, 

a big box that is 1:1 with the space box.

Inside the exhibition  👇

Inside, there is a big ball that can move synchronously with the small ball in space, so you feel like you are launched into space with the box in the exhibition hall, and hearing the music from outer space.

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EXPLORATION

·SPACE MUSIC:
 the first step
 of auditory experiment

I pre-collected a wide range of cosmic ray data from historical spacecraft detections.

For example, this one is the gamma ray from Chang'e-2,

and did a direct audible conversion of it.

Gamma rays from the Moon-fs2000
·SPACE MUSIC:
 the second step
 of auditory experiment

Since the fragmented electromagnetic wave data is too irregular.

I started to study the similarities of the material composition of each planet and the harmonic columns,  spectrum of sound fragments, of different timbres for generalization.

·SPACE MUSIC:
 the final step
 of auditory experiment

The previous scheme was too subjective,

so I radarized the visible light of the planets to generate the sound base of the planets, and then the spectrum generated the timbre of each planet, and the two were combined to generate the music of the planets.

·SERVO MOTOR CONTROL OF 3-DIMENTIONAL MOVEMENT:

Four-rope self-service motors control the large ball to move in various positions in space

Data transmission: TCP & UDP;
Objective: to achieve its weightlessness from visual sensory;
Controller: PLC with overall pulse control

·MATERIAL & STRUCTURAL DESIGN OF SPACE BOX:

High strength, light weight, corrosion resistant aluminum alloy base plate
&

High and low temperature resistant -100 to 100 degrees Celsius quartz glass

&

High and low temperature resistant, flexible, eye-catching red silicone ball

It has passed a series of tests by satellite and is mounted on a satellite board👇

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·REALIZATION OF VISUAL RECOGNITION WITH MONOCULAR CAMERA

Test site👇

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EXHIBITION & AWARD & PRESS

Exhibited in 2021 Science  Technology Week👇

My awe-some team👇

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REFLECTION & IN THE FUTURE

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-The work attracts the audience's attention and will keep gathering many people around.
-Different audiences have different concerns, and different parts of the interactive device can attract different people, so the intuition and interpretation of the display part is an important part to be improved next.


-In the future, I will further research and develop electromagnetic wave audibility.
-Solve the problem that the motor traction motion is not stable enough
-Simplify the switching process.
-Improve the hardware of the device to make it exquisite.

-Fully prepared for the launch of the work this March!!