“Make Your Own Mozart” by Ryan Welsh and Grady Kestler
Commissioned for the Mozart and the Mind Symposium presented by Mainly Mozart
“Make your own Mozart” is an interactive, audio-visual installation piece designed to appeal to people of all ages. Our intent in creating this installation was to provide an elegant, physical interaction between participants’ movements and the well-known Mozart sonata in C-Major, K545. The piece is inspired by Mozart’s own musical games, Musicalisches Würfelspiel, K516. The images below depict the initial installation space and describe the interactive and technological elements involved. Max/MSP was utilized to run the installation and sync across multiple networked computers.
The interactive surface was projected onto the floor. A simple, webcam was mounted overhead and provided a live-feed to video tracking. When the objects projected onto the floor collided with one another, it triggered a sample of a piano note.
After interacting with the projection surface, a complete rendering of the new musical score was displayed using Qualcom Institute’s VROOM technology. The 32 HD TV screens, edge-to-edge provided a compelling visual result. A playhead tracked across the screen and a new version of Mozart’s Sonata could be heard. After this, the installation would revert back to the original Mozart and allow another interaction and another score.