‘City Symphonies’ are cars that generate the symphony
Can the city become a symphony? Branded Organisms™ are self sufficient branded objects that can react to stimuli, interact, connect, grow, and maintain homeostasis. Their variables are directly influenced external factors. Electric cars are increasingly using synthesised sounds in order to mimic the recognisable noise of the internal combustion engine. Mark McKeague explores an alternative in which the sound that the cars generate changes according to its relationship to other road users and the environment.
A traffic simulation is used to power the movement of vehicles through different sections of road networks in London. From a street level perspective the motions of traffic combine the sounds to create soundscapes that are unique to the place and time. The roadside becomes a new context for sound – the city is the score.
An overview of the Piccadilly Circus traffic simulation
Sounds of the cars are spatialised relative to the listening position
On location in Parliament Square