Dancing (ghosts)

Thank you to Oscar and Howard for helping me to create and understand the code for this project.

These are a series of audiovisual experiments in which speaking reveals video on a screen. LGB is a building whose walls house a rich social history, ghosts and stories. I have found that it is by talking to others that the building begins to tell its secrets.

Judit is dancing the Charleston, but she is set behind two different visual representations of a recording. (The recording is of my dad reading from an article in the Kent Mercury, 1898, which celebrates the opening of LGB.) Where there is enough speech, the sound waves create a transparency through which the video can be seen.

Ultimately, I would like a visualised sound wave to be created in real time by a microphone so that the video playing on a screen is evinced only when the viewer stands in front of it and speaks to it.

This code, ‘Whistle’, written in Processing, runs the pre-made video called Glitch Judit, however, it only plays when there is enough sound detected by the microphone. As such my vision of the video responding to speech is working. Experimenting live with the code, I found that I could create a fun scenario whereby I whistle along to the tune of the ‘Charleston’ and the video plays. If I stop, however, so does the video. This again relates to the ghost who is said to whistle that tune. (See website for video).

In this scenario (Whistle), I whistle along to the tune of the ‘Charleston’ and the video plays. However, if I stop, so does the video. This again relates to the ghost who is said to whistle that tune.

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