App Turns City Into Musical Instrument

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At the recent Moogfest Music and Technology Festival in Asheville, North Carolina, Conductar, an experimental music app, was released to the music-and-tech-loving masses. Participants who wore brain-monitoring devices connected to iPhones were treated to a virtual world filled with neon strata and accompanying waves of ambient audio as they walked the streets of Asheville.

As people utilizing the app walk the city, Conductar reacts to their brain activity by playing music that reflects their changes in mood, creating a unique music experience that is constantly reacting to the user’s state of mind and a reflection of the user’s environment.

An interesting application of location-based entertainment, and a fascinating study of how music can define space.

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