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Icelandic Conductive Intuition

What is Icelandic Conductive Intuition, and what’s its link to creative technology?

Experimental Music Composition & Sound Designer, Hwan Yun was inspired by the calmness of Icelandic nature and wanted to bring this element to an interactive installation, where an audience could interact with nature.

Hwan developed a huge interest in the vast and minimal appearance of the Icelandic landscape and decided to create a dark and mysterious soundscape during his residency at Listhus in October 2017.

To be able to bring this installation to life, Hwan had to incorporate new technologies in his work. For this exhibition, in addition to the Bare Conductive’s Touch Board, Pi Cap and Raspberry Pi 3, he also used a 3D pen and Electric Paint.

With the above ingredients, as Hwan calls them, because of the freedom these tools give him, he turned the Icelandinc inspirational shapes, painted on paper, into an interactive sound installation.

The minimal Icelandic house style and scenery inspired him to design the interactive shapes for his sound installation. After creating a pattern, Hwan painted it on tracing paper with Electric Paint.

By connecting  Electric Paint, a water-based paint that conducts electricity,  to two small computers, the shapes become sensors, sensitive to touch and distance. The proximity of the viewer’s hand, as it moves over the shapes, interactively triggers the sounds that Hwan has composed for the installation.

In order to have a more continuous sound, he divided the 12 patterns into two groups, connecting 6 patterns to the Touch Board, and 6 patterns to the Pi Cap. Hwan did this in an irregular way so that the audience would trigger sounds from both boards in a complex way thus increasing their sense of exploration and involvement.

Initially, Hwan wanted to use Icelandic sounds in his installation, but he found that the country is pretty quiet, so he started thinking of using a secret life hidden from the October weather, where by touch one can hear the sounds that the mountains and rocks use privately to communicate with each other.

The conductive paint acted as a sensor, triggering sound when the black patterns are touched.

Images & Video: Hwan Yun

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