Creating a Chromesthetic World: Auditory Painting with Light

Creating a Chromesthetic World: Auditory Painting with Light


Sophia Metcalfe



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The aim of this project is to create an interactive space in which the audience can partake in an artistic experience, as well as immerse themselves in the creative process of composing music. This project is important in creating a link between multiple artistic realms, with the goal being to have an installation that can function as both an interactive drawing experience, and for participants to further understand the link between musical keys signatures and their effect on colour interpretations. The scope of the project includes the creation of a circuit that contains a collection of sensors that can be programmed with a range of keys signatures that can correlate with different colours in the colour wheel, thereby delivering an interactive sound art installation. Using light-dependent resistors (LDR’s) set up in a circuit with an Arduino Leonardo, light is detected and sent to Max/MSP; allowing both music and colour to be produced when drawing within the air, directed at the camera. Undertaking this project, has also created a learning curve in how to provide an interactive experience whilst also maintaining social distancing. The aim is that this will be beneficial to installations that may take place in the future.

Publication Date



Valencia (Spain) Campus


Sound installation; light; interactive; sensor technology; artwork

Project Components

Project Components: project video (.mp4), reflection paper (.pdf), presentation (.pdf), audio tracks (ZIP file containing 12 .wav files), project code (ZIP file containing 1 .ino document), maxpatch project files (ZIP file containing 1 .maxpat file, 1 .js file).

Creating a Chromesthetic World: Auditory Painting with Light