Harmonia (2008)

Processing, Reactivision

Harmonia _ Musical Interface Design, An Interactive Visual Sound Installation

Currently, the boundary between music and the visual arts is collapsing, with many attempts to combine these two fields. Some basic elements shared by both connect music and visual arts. Basic music elements such as note, rhythm, and pitch can be compared to basic visual elements such as dot, line, and side, which can be used to express the feeling of music by using form, color, and texture.

In this study, I focused on expressing music visually by using basic shapes of mathematical properties, and I tried to make an experimental interface that organizes musical sound, chord and rhythm in a mathematical system. This project is a new way to express musical sound visually.

Also, it creates curiosity, especially among people who do not have specialized musical training, since using this method does not require extensive instruction, as learning to play traditional musical instruments does, but instead offers a simple and easy way to play music by using basic shapes.

Harmonia came from Pythagorean principle of Harmonia believed that each element was structured by a different harmonia: earth is a cube, fire a pyramid, water an icosahedron, air a triangle. The world was not dominated by forces, but rather arranged in an orderly and structured (mathematical) way. Basically everything has a mathematical form.That principle can certainly be applied to my sound visualization's fundamental concept.


Asia Digital Art Award 2008 Excellence Award

There are two versions of Harmonia :

Version one and two are similar each other in terms of objects' own way of creating their sounds and harmony. The only difference between version one and two is a center of the whole circle that can be represented in velocity of creating sounds.

Each object in version one has its own center in circle and this means it does not produce any change of speed. However, every objects in version two have one unchangible center in one big circle and velocity can be changed depending on their objects' existances on x, y axis.

Harmonia Ver. 1 : Each object's movement and way of performing sound and visual images

Harmonia Ver. 2 : Each object's movement and way of performing sound and visual images

Harmonia Ver. 1 : Documentation

Harmonia Ver. 2 : Documentation

MFA Degree Show

Date : JUN.12~JAN.26, 2007 Open : 9am~6pm Opening Reception : JUN.12, 1pm

Hosted by Samwon S&D hall, SNU

Harmonia (2008)_A Thesis Project for MFA Degree Show

by Yoon Chung Han

Supporter : Prof. Suzung Kim
Programming Collaborator : Byeong-jun Han (My brother)