To Infinity is an immersive audio-visual art installation, which toys with the human perception of space and infinity. This project consists of two main components. The visual component is a mirrored infinity box and the second is a binaural electronic composition. The project's motivation, materials and results are outlined below.
This project began with the development of a mirrored infinity box, which takes inspiration from the work of Yayoi Kusama (see Love Forever below).
Although the installation provided an engaging visual experience, I felt there was something missing. To Infinity is an attempt to further develop this project and produce a fully immersive audio visual experience. Introducing a synchronized binaural composition will enhance the viewer's experience of the vast visual space within the infinity box.
The visual component of To Infinity is a 1'x1'x2' wooden box, the inner walls of which are mirrored. 128 programmable LEDs are adhered to the ceiling of the box and powered by an Arduino Uno. A 2" diameter view finder is cut into one face of the box.
The audio component of To Infinity is a binaural composition leveraging the microKORG analog synthesizer for all audio material. Binaural panning is achieved through IRCAM's SPAT for Max/MSP as well as the Logic Pro 9 binaural panner. All recording and arranging was done in Logic 9 using a PreSonus AudioBox VSL 1818 interface for audio input.
The composition draws inspiration from ambient works (such as Brian Eno's Apollo) and synthesized textures found in the Stranger Things soundtrack. My goal was to compose a pseudo-palindromic piece, which expands from a single point into a vast soundscape and back to a single point. Thus, To Infinity can be set up as an infinitely looping audio-visual art installation.
The below video and audio file were rendered in binaural, and should be listened to through headphones!
Watch a video of the piece here: Demo Video
Download the binaural audio file here: to_infinity.wav
Below are a few images of To Infinity on display at Bing Concert Hall.