Sound Man Closing Down Sonic Runway
San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs
The Sonic Runway is a light-art installation that visualizes the speed of sound!
The Sonic Runway Is a Light-Art Installation that visualizes the Speed of Sound! The artwork converts audio signals to a pattern of lights that shoot down the corridor of arches at the spedd of sound, (1235kph/767 mph). The Runway's arches are each lined with 554 addressable LED's. Live audio input is analyzed and converted to intricate patterns with sound and lights in sync. Standing at the front of the Runway, the beats of music visually ripple away from the participant. Open 5pm - 12pm Through Jan 2018. Address: 200 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113 Lead Artist: Rob Jensen Co-Lead: Warren Trezevant Design & Engineering: Jeff Adams, Scott Askenaz, Stockhausen. The first Sonic Runway was installed at Burning Man '03/'04 as part of a large scale sound art camp, Sol System. Sixteen steel framed pyramids were spaced out over 1000 feet, emanating from the DJ booth. At the top of each pyramid was a strobe light programmed to flash in sync with the thump of the bass. 16 years later, the new Runway took the same basic concept but with an all new circular design, twice as many gates, greater interactivity, and more intricate visualizations. Instead of connecting to a single DJ booth, the new Runway was installed in the open playa, with a rotating schedule of large scale sound art cars (and the occasional opera singer!) providing the music. After a successful run at Burning May 2016, the Sonic Runway is making its first international appearance in the middle of downtown Chengdu, China, presented by IFS.
200 E Santa Clara St,
San Jose, CA
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