WHAT IS WHALE?
Whale is a generative music and art project about the sea.
Music is generated from a buoy located in the Mediterranean Sea and a unique graphic image is created during the course of the day. This image represents ongoing sea conditions.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
A buoy sends real-time data about the sea’s motion. Music and graphic art are generated with the data at the Chiringuito (beach bar).
Whale is a system created by the interaction of the following elements:
The buoy is located in the sea and is equipped with a Smart Citizen motherboard and an accelerometer that emits real-time data about sea motion through a Wi-Fi connection.
The router captures the buoy’s signal and transmits it to a CPU located in the Espigó Platja Beach Bar on the beach at Sant Andreu de Llavaneras.
The CPU processes the information through an application developed at Processing and produces live music at the bar.
At the same time, another program using the same information generates a real-time image, which is a unique visual representation of the sea conditions that day.
When the system is operating, an XML file with the buoy information is updated on Internet in real-time. Furthermore, the image that has been generated is automatically displayed and can be seen by everyone.