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Wake Up With the World – Collaborative, musical, waking experience

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Created by Eric Rieper, Wake Up With the World is a an iOS application that turns your wake up alarm into musical collaborative experience. When you wake your GPS coordinates are translated into musical notes and combined with those of every other person waking up at the same moment as you. All these notes are combined and the song you wake to is composed of the presence of everyone else doing the same.

Each participant becomes a unique instrument in the composition, taking one of four roles: lead, bass, chords, or percussion. As more people join the length of the composition increases, as does the tempo of the music and the root note that the song is based off of. Built using Objective C, synthesis is done in Pure Data with libPD for iOS. Visuals were created in OpenFrameworks and the server part is coded in node.js with for communication.

Wake Up With the World is part of Functional Embrace, Eric Rieper’s exhibition to be debuted at the Pratt Institute Department of Digital Arts gallery on April 14th, 2014.

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See also: Good Morning by Jer Thorp


  • Eric Rieper here- for those in the NY area the exhibition including Wake Up With the World will be up through Thursday at the Pratt Digital Arts Gallery, 4th floor Myrtle Hall. The gallery implementation of the piece has been caching user activity for the length of it’s installation and building one long composition from it.