SYNTHESTRUCT :: Hydromancy

About the Project ::

The Cymatics Theremin is an interactive audiovisual installation that allows a person to control the frequency and amplitude of an audio signal with the natural movement of their hand. The position of the hand is measured using the infrared cameras and LED’s within the Leap Motion sensor. This positional data is used by Process to generate the audio signal in response to the realtime movements of the hand. This audio signal is sent to a speaker where water and light are used as a medium to visualize these sound vibrations. The waves and surface patterns can be seen within the water, and are also projected large scale using a small HD camera.

About the Artist ::

Ginger Leigh (aka Synthestruct) is a designer who enjoys creating experiences that immerse, educate, and engage. While the underlying passion for her work lies in the realms of math and science, she uses her design skills to make these realms more accessible through her work.

Born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1981, she moved to Orlando her Junior year of high school. In 2004, she received her B.A. in Digital Media from the University of Central Florida, which comprised of courses in both Design and Computer Science.

Leigh currently spends her time teaching Digital Arts and Design at Full Sail University in Orlando, where she has been educating students for 10 years. Outside of teaching, she is devoted to working hard on creating new projects and consistently challenging herself – via applied research and self study – to learn new techniques that can be integrated into her current and future work.

Cymatics has been one of her favorite research topics for many years, and is prominent in several of her recent projects. She began exploring cymatics in 2011, and in May of 2015 she performed a live dome projection of “Soniforms”, for which she had recorded and composed all of the audio and generated all of the visuals in real time. Later that month, “Spectre’m”, an interactive piece which allowed the audience to interact with a camera and generate visuals from mapped frequencies of sampled colors, was showcased at the BYOB Orlando event at the Maitland Art Center. A few weeks later, she presented her cymatics hack at the Music Tech Fest in Sweden. While there, she also collaborated on a project which combined cymatics and EEG to visualize a user’s brainwave activity. In March 2016, her solo art show “Cymecha” featured recent and past photography and videography from her body of cymatics work.

Leigh also users different sensors to integrate data into her projects in meaningful ways, allowing an otherwise “passive viewer” to play, interact, and take control.