Created via Yuri Suzuki layout Studio in collaboration with QOSMO and supplied at the latest Milan design Week internal a historic former seminary, Sonic Pendulum is a sound set up wherein articial intelligence imagines and materialises an countless soundscape.

Even as constantly generating a calming ambient-sound and bass-line surroundings; the set of rules conducts the voice of Miyu Hosoi and tactics disturbances round the gap, generated by the gang themselves. The end result is in an ever-evolving piece – each second singular, never to be repeated precisely again – in communique with its visitors and the manner wherein they flow round the distance.

The authentic concept become created in response to the foundation behind the new AUDI A5 line. The shape is made of 30 pendulums which – even as lightly modulating the sound coming from audio system thru doppler impact – also are a visual illustration of a dream: a systematised mess, with moments of order rising from the chaos.

Early 3D renderings of the installation
Model of the proposal

The crew skilled the AI to create an limitless composition, that is web page and moment-to-second unique, as well as interactive. Microphones are installation around the distance, recording sounds of the Seminario; now and again they’re basically atmospheric, at different instances, created with the aid of onlookers shifting thru the gap. in addition to using the A.I. to generate an countless soundscape, the structure itself is used both to modulate the sound and bodily constitute it.

The pendulum creates low- frequency oscillations
The doppler effect creates pitch shifting
Surround panning is used to move (A to B) sounds around the space by controlling speakers individually


The pendulum wave serves as a visual metaphor for the cycle between emerging order and chaos


Through playing track thru the structure an audible low frequency impact may be felt via the dynamics of the pendulums. This sonic experience plays with the phenomenon of brainwave entrainment, wherein neural oscillations start to mimic the ones of outdoor sensory stimula consisting of track with a comparable frequency. Our soundscape mimics frequencies recognized to result in a nation of relaxation.

The set up is made from 30 pendulums, each one has a speaker, with 4 subwoofers within the corners of the Seminario. similarly, 30 high electricity steppers deliver the pendulums to a function of maximum amplitude. A take hold of releases them for a herbal oscillation. The exchange in pendulum duration from out of doors to inner is how the pendulum wave impact is carried out. each motor has an rotary encoder sending records to the valuable set of rules. The pendulum’s speakers were wired in agencies allowing surround panning, and the separation of certain samples, so that the doppler effect could easily be discerned when taking walks alongside the structures.

Networked camera and computer vision system of the crowd size was counted out. Much like the microphones, the music increased in intensity alongside crowd size.


MaxMSP is used further train the algorithm, to deliver a composition that matched the mood (sound intensity) of the space.

One deep learning algorithm (auto encoder) was used. It was trained using one of Yuri’s ambient compositions and gave out midi data. The algorithm was affected by a number of live inputs to modulate the soundtrack accordingly: Microphones in the space picked up audio, during periods of high intensity the sound track became more chaotic and intense. The audio was also used to further train the algorithm, to deliver a composition that matched the mood (sound intensity) of the space. The other included a networked camera and computer vision of the crowd size was counted out. Much like the microphones, the music increased in intensity alongside crowd size. Finally the information using the encoders influenced the amount of surround panning for ambient glitch sounds in the sound track. This was limited to amplitude of the pendulum swing, but was originally designed to correspond to the emergent order of the standing wave patterns which you see in the final physical structure.

↑ Early sketch in P5.Js investigating pendulum behaviour