I love my new Sonos system. It took me a while to understand what it offered and why I might want it, but now that I’ve got it, I just want more. So – it was pretty cool to discover that Sonos has been (quietly) periodically sponsoring interactive installations that feature their technology…
Right now at the Museum of the Moving Image is the installation Sonos Playground Deconstructed. Designed by Aramique (concept and direction), Red Paper Heart (art and code) and Fake Love (technical design) [p.s. all three of those sites are worth exploring], Sonos Playground is a kind of minimalist interactive immersive music video environment. Visitors can select a song and interact, using Kinect motion capture, with the environmental motion graphics. It’s pretty cool. (And part of the larger exhibit Spectacle: The Music Video which I think I need to visit tomorrow!) There’s a detail-rich article about the piece over at The Creators Project.
But Sonos has sponsored more… Missing was an interactive installation at the Sonos Studio by The xx (music), Kyle McDonald (software), Aramique (production) and Matt Mets (robotics). The Missing installation included 50 robotic Sonos players that, via a Kinect-based interface, follow the visitor’s movement as they walk through the space.
It’s great to see a firm like Sonos commissioning small studios to create such interactive pieces. Bravo. (Now if only they’d update the design of their iOS apps.)