Playin’ the Pavement – Daily tous les jours’ Mesa Musical Shadows

Mesa Musical Shadows is the most recent interactive piece by Montréal’s venerable Daily tous les jours studio. Unveiled this past spring, the “singing pavement” is installed in the north plaza at the Mesa Arts Center in Arizona. True to it’s name, shadows cast within the sensor- and speaker-laden plaza trigger melodic and percussive sounds, allowing individuals and groups to engage in spontaneous exploration, play, and composition across the geometrically tiled surface. “Sound – and in our case music – is of course a universal language,” Daily tous les jours co-founder Mouna Andraos says of the plaza’s universal appeal. “It helps us reach as wide an audience as possible. As an interface, it allows for immediate feedback, regardless of the time of day and speaks less to our cognitive brain and more to our emotions.”

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