Noah Vawter: Ambient Addition

nvawter(at)media.mit.edu

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Ambient Addition is a Walkman with binaural microphones. A tiny Digital Signal Processing (DSP) chip analyzes the microphone's sound and superimposes a layer of harmony and rhythm on top of the listener's world. In the new context, some surprising behaviors take place. Listeners tend to play with objects around them, sing to themselves, and wander toward tempting sound sources. With Ambient Addition, I'm hoping to make people think twice about the sounds they initiate as well as loosen up some inhibitions.



Ambient Addition at Fringexhibitions, Los Angeles, 2006

In August 2006, Ambient Addition was shown as part of Computing Culture's "Play Nice" show.
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Ambient Addition in FILE Rio 2007

In March 2007, the organizers of FILE asked me to install Ambient Addition into a bus. It was something I had never thought of, and turned out to be a wonderful experiment.
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Thesis text, final

(1.2 MB PDF) Revision 42 (5/19/2006)





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