Virtual WindChime

Previous Project

Analogous to real windchimes which produce acoustic tones as they sway in the wind, the VWC is an ambient display that generates electronic sounds with the movements of passing people. In this way, the project attributes a recognizable personality to an electronic artifact and explores the dynamics of human-machine interactions that such personalities can produce. When people approach the windchime they are detected by one of three motion sensors and become the "wind" that sets the hammer in motion. This hammer is attached to a motor that can adjust its speed depending on the number and location of people in the room. Whenever the hammer comes in contact with one of the cylindrical chimes, an embedded hall-effect sensor detects the collision, and a unique midi-tone is generated on the attached computer. The pitch, timbre, velocity and other characteristics of the midi-tone vary as the environmental conditions of the windchime change.

Start Date

Jan. 1, 2005

Finish Date

May 1, 2006


Aaron Levisohn


Ali Mazalek