as part of the 2018 MDF festival, panGenerator have playfully transformed the spiral staircase in the szczecin philharmonic in poland to create an audience-focused, audiovisual experience. using digital technology, the polish studio has modified the iconic staircase to create a 35m long, 15m high spatial voice-changing instrument, in an effort to invite human interaction to architecture.

spiralalala: the philharmonic spiral staircase reimagined as an instrument
all images and video courtesy of panGenerator

 

 

at the top of the staircase sits a container filled with balls and a microphone that is used to record a vocal sample into the ball. participants are encouraged to experiment with various sound effects and once the recording is finished, the ball is released from the microphone and begins to spiral down the 35m long track. panGenerator have implemented custom built gates along the track and infrared sensors to record the speed and position of the ball, which then ensures the voice recording is synchronized with the movement of the ball as it continues down to the container below. by using five speakers – one per floor – spatialization of the sound has also been achieved, generating the illusion of the sound “falling” with the ball.

spiralalala: the philharmonic spiral staircase reimagined as an instrument

 

streaks of light have also been used to show the movement of the ball as it slides down the track, to make the installation more visible to audiences gathered in the lobby below. the sensors and microcontrollers that have been used to measure the speed and position of the ball are used to create this display of light which follows the ball. the interactive nature of the installation is a deliberate choice by panGenerator to engage audiences with architecture and transform what was once a solid form, into an audience-driven audiovisual performance. 

spiralalala: the philharmonic spiral staircase reimagined as an instrument

spiralalala: the philharmonic spiral staircase reimagined as an instrument

spiralalala: the philharmonic spiral staircase reimagined as an instrument

spiralalala: the philharmonic spiral staircase reimagined as an instrument

spiralalala: the philharmonic spiral staircase reimagined as an instrument

spiralalala: the philharmonic spiral staircase reimagined as an instrument

spiralalala: the philharmonic spiral staircase reimagined as an instrument

spiralalala: the philharmonic spiral staircase reimagined as an instrument

spiralalala: the philharmonic spiral staircase reimagined as an instrument

spiralalala: the philharmonic spiral staircase reimagined as an instrument

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: lynne myers | designboom

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    PRODUCT LIBRARY

    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    art news