January 2014, concept for interactive music sculpture. Processing, Blender, Max/MSP, fiber optic, analog electronics.
Phyllotaxis Cantata is an experimental sculpture combining plant geometry, collaborative music, and sensory fiber optic lighting. Surrounding a central spiral staircase, numerous glowing fiber optic harp strings digitally tune to a generative chord progression.
The structure was iteratively designed using Processing to combine formulaic curves and intuitive drawing. Python scripts in Blender automated the construction of a 3D model based on parameters from the Processing sketch.
Optic fiber harp strings were prototyped using IR light reflection sensors, side-glow fiber, a modified LED light engine, and Max/MSP patches for pitch shifting.