StarWaves is one of the most beautiful things you’ll see today. It generates sonic architectures using space, sound and design for blissful experimentation.
It’s impossible not to be spellbound by StarWaves. There are somehow these waveforms floating in space, on planes of existence that throb and pulsate. Meanwhile, extensions are made, connections are forged and light plays over sound, over texture and regenerates into something new. It’s like the poetic world-building of sound.
Top sound designer Richard Devine released a video of his first experiments with it.
The idea is that StarWaves places you in a non-gravitation environment. You can pull samples or recordings into the space as manipulable 3D physical forms or “platforms”. There can be hundreds of these platforms stretched, bent and scattered throughout the space.
You then take these satellite-like transmitters which send particles and beams of light through the space to collide into the platform blocks and reflect into other objects for further intended or accidental collisions. Each meeting of beam with platform triggers a sonic event and starts a flow of synthesis governed by the kinetic energy within the material.
Sonic Planet says that you don’t interact with the samples directly, rather you design the architecture of the scene to influence the kinematic interactions.
It looks and sounds like a sci-fi movie. It’s extraordinary, epic and totally fascinating. How it works is anyone’s guess but if you have a recent iPad or Apple Mac then you should be in the App Store getting hold of it right now. A Windows version should follow soon.
- SonicPlanet website.