Shoebox Auditorium – Arrange your own soundscape

Device I built together with Guido Huijser for the course Sound, Space & Interaction at Media Technology. The device uses an Arduino Duemilanove, Parallax 28440 RFID reader/writer, Parallax RFID tags, Korg Nano Kontrol and a Macbook running Max 6.
The idea is based on the old kijkdoos; which is a sort of shoebox diorama.

The user can arrange his/her own sound collage by placing RFID tag card’s onto the glass plate, each card corresponds to a specific field recording. The user can adjust each sound its volume, stereo placement, playback rate and playback direction. 8 sounds can be played simultaneously. The user has the ability to record his/her own soundscape, which will then be uploaded to a server. By entering an email address, the user can receive a download link to their sound file.

We’ve recorded most of the sounds with the Soundman OKM II studio klassik solo binaural microphones. And some sounds with the built-in stereo microphone from the Zoom H4 portable recorder. The device uses two headphones so people can enjoy creating soundscapes together.


Here is a little sound sample:

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Prototype Video: