Arduino, MaxMSP
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CarbonScape – Pollution soundscape by h0nh1m

Created by h0nh1m (Chris Cheung) CarbonScape is a kinetic data soundscape installation consisting of 18 tracks of granular synthesized sound samples. They are collected from the sound sources where carbon footprints are left – sound from the jet engine, steam from the factory or horn of the ship – all composed into a single soundscape.

The project acts as a visualisation of carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the atmosphere according to the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). In 2017, the concentration of CO2 soared to its highest of the past three million years, with industrialisation and the use of fossil fuels being one of the major factors. The installation is arranged in a bamboo forest like landscape, with the changing ambience drone noises, imitating chimneys frequently found in power plants and factories, with black spheres indicating CO2 levels around the globe. The project questions human behaviour at the time when the earth’s capacity for life reaches its limits.

Installation uses Arduino, Motors, Ableton Live, Granulator and Max/Msp.

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