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Data noise - idea development

Aktualizacja: 6 mar 2019

Having only four weeks for finishing this project, I decided it would be a great opportunity to work with someone else so we can design and manage to create more complex idea. Me and Fisnik had similar thoughts on this project and this is why we agreed on working together.

I must admit, our brainstorm has resulted in many inspirational concepts which we developed further.

Our first idea was to use Arduino and Bare Conductive Board to create an interactive poster representing different clubs in London. Having no experience with Arduino before, we spent a lot of time in Creative Lab at our university with Tom and Elle who helped us to understand how we can make it work.

Doing research we found one video on YouTube (link) which later helped us to form our idea. We decided to have few locations (clubs) placed on the map and then the users would be able to follow the path between each place and, at the same time, listen to sounds created based on the clubs.

Collecting data was fun and interesting, although we couldn't find an appropriate way of finding and decoding the data. Our first idea was to convert images to binary code using https://www.dcode.fr/binary-image but it soon became clear that collected numbers are too long and hard to organise. After that, we stick with a color summariser website (http://mkweb.bcgsc.ca/color-summarizer) and decided to pick the RGB values of a photo of each club.

After collected the data we put it into simple text file, putting all elements in order.

For creating these sounds we used Max 8, a program Oliver showed us during one of the previous session, where we uploaded ready text file to the resources we got. Later, we used Audacity to make the audio sound more musically. I believe it was a good way to visualize and sonificate the atmosphere of each place.

We sketched few designs for a potential poster with picked locations. The circles and black lines would be painted/printed in conductive ink so we could connect Bare Conductive Board with audio files coded on it. Then, users pressing the buttons would hear the sounds of each place.

Finally, I designed a draft of the final version of the poster where I used Adobe Illustrator. Although we wanted to make the poster A2 size, we printed it on A3 size to see how it looks and we quickly noticed few elements that should be improved in design process hence the notes on the print. The main issue was the thickness of lines because we would not be able to connect crocodile clips to them at our final outcome.


Mkweb.bcgsc.ca. (2019). Image Color Summarizer - RGB and HSV Image Statistics. [online] Available at: http://mkweb.bcgsc.ca/color-summarizer [Accessed 5 Mar. 2019].

Dcode.fr. (2019). Image in Binary 0 1. [online] Available at: https://www.dcode.fr/binary-image [Accessed 5 Mar. 2019].

YouTube. (2019). Conductive Paint and Arduino Sound Effects!. [online] Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyhEqpjYNks&t=20s [Accessed 5 Mar. 2019].

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