Alec Resende, Ryan Rose, & Avneesh Sarwate

Chronophonics is an interactive installation that lets you contribute to shared musical canvases. It consists of multiple networked interfaces where you can make edits to the music and submit those changes to the shared history of the interface. Each interface allows you to traverse the history of the canvas and see other people’s changes. Animations running in the background of each canvas are reactive to the music being created, and change along with the music as you traverse the history of a canvas.

The amount of change you can contribute to the musical canvas is limited to a certain number of actions, with a countdown timer limiting how often you can contribute. In addition, the interface will sometimes block you from performing certain actions – think of this as a virtual conductor guiding performers to play a score. By scrolling through the history you see the arcs of the conductor’s influence.


Thanks to Dharit Tantiviramanond and Hannah Park for their input in the design of Chronophonics.


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