Imogen Heap’s sound-reactive bolero

Rachel Freire and Hannah Perner-Wilson, 2012

A sound-reactive illuminated bolero, custom made for Imogen Heap’s “Me The Machine” Performance in 2012. The circuit is sewn from antique conductive thread and surface-mount LEDs are soldered directing to the thread traces. Three Arduinos control up to 20 LEDs each, making more LEDs flash on, the louder the volume of sound. Volume is detected via an external microphone signal analyzed by software. Volume information is then forwarded to all three Arduinos at once. The Arduino themselves determine random lighting patterns dependent on incoming volume information.

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