Category Archives: Featured Intermedia

Your own Twitter song

CarbonFeed takes your most recent 200 tweets and turns them into a minute loop, a song that changes over your Twitter lifetime. Every time you tweet you generate 0.02g/C02 [1]. Don’t worry too much though. Listening to your one-minute song will eat up roughly 2.86 grams/C02e in electricity, servers, and embodied computer emissions [2].

[1] http://carbonfeed.org
[2] Mike Berners-Lee. How Bad Are Bananas?: The Carbon Footprint of Everything. Greystone Books. 2011.

#Carbonfeed

The project #CarbonFeed directly challenges the popular notion that virtuality is disconnected from reality.  Through sonifying Twitter feeds and correlating individual tweets with a physical data visualization in public spaces, artists Jon Bellona and John Park invite viewers to hear and see the environmental cost of online behavior and its supportive physical infrastructure.

CarbonFeed works by taking in realtime tweets from Twitter users around the world. Based on a customizable set of hashtags, the work listens for specific tweets. The content of these incoming tweets generates a realtime sonic composition. An installation-based visual counterpart of compressed air being pumped through tubes of water further provides a physical manifestation of each tweet.

To see a running counter of the carbon footprint of digital behavior, learn more about this project or even listen to a song based on your personal twitter feed, please visit http://carbonfeed.org

#Carbonfeed installed at the University of Virginia.
#Carbonfeed installed at the University of Virginia.

simpleKinect

simpleKinect is an application for sending data from the Microsoft Kinect to any OSC-enabled application. The application attempts to improve upon similar software by offering more openni features and more user control.

simpleKinect Features

  • Auto-calibration.
  • Specify OSC output IP and Port in real time.
  • Send CoM (Center of Mass) coordinate of all users inside the space, regardless of skeleton calibration.
  • Send skeleton data (single user), on a joint-by-joint basis, as specified by the user.
  • Manually switch between users for skeleton tracking.
  • Individually select between three joint modes (world, screen, and body) for sending data.
  • Individually determine the OSC output url for any joint.
  • Save/load application settings.
  • Send distances between joints (sent in millimeters). [default is on]

Download simpleKinect.

simpleKinect FAQ page

Projects utilizing simpleKinect

Casting. Electronic composition for solo performer with the Microsoft Kinect and Kyma.