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Scrapple (Installation)

2005 | Golan Levin

Scrapple (Installation)

Scrapple (2005: Golan Levin) is an audiovisual installation in which everyday objects placed on a table are interpreted as sound-producing marks in an “active score.” The Scrapple system scans a table surface as if it were a kind of music notation, producing music in real-time from any objects lying there. The installation makes use of a variety of playful forms; in particular, long flexible curves allow for the creation of variable melodies, while an assemblage of cloth shapes, small objects and wind-up toys yields ever-changing rhythms. Video projections on the Scrapple table transform the surface into a simple augmented reality, in which the objects placed by users are elaborated through luminous and explanatory graphics. The 3-meter long table produces a 4-second audio loop, allowing participants to experiment freely with tangible, interactive audiovisual composition. In the Scrapple installation, the table is the score.

Scrapple exists in both installation and performance formats. More information about the live performance version of Scrapple can be found here.

The following 0'36" video provides a brief demonstration of the Scrapple installation's visual-sequencing interaction:

The following 1'14" video shows a performative demonstration of the Scrapple installation in use at the Ars Electronica Center, Linz, 2005. This video can also be viewed at Vimeo and YouTube, or downloaded in Quicktime format at the bottom of this page.

Scrapple was created with support from the artist residency program of the Ars Electronica Futurelab. The Scrapple installation has been presented at:

  • iDAT (Interactive Design Art and Technology), Singapore Science Centre. 11/2007.
  • Cumulus, Danfoss Universe, Nordborg, Denmark. 5/2007.
  • Tmema Projects. NTT ICC, Tokyo, Japan. 8/2006.
  • Ars Electronica Museum of the Future, Linz, Austria. 9/2005.

Additional Resources
High quality images of Scrapple are available from this Flickr photoset.
A technical article (ICMC 2006) about Scrapple is available here PDF [3.7 MB pdf].

Images (click to enlarge)

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<i>Scrapple</i> Installation, 2005 (Brief Demo)
Scrapple Installation, 2005 (Brief Demo) (48.57 MB)
Courtesy Ars Electronica Center, Linz.
[720x576, MPEG-4 .mov, 0:36. Right-click to download or watch on YouTube]
<i>Scrapple</i> Installation, 2005 (Extended Demo)
Scrapple Installation, 2005 (Extended Demo) (72.03 MB)
[720x576, MPEG-4 .mov, 1:14. Right-click to download or watch on YouTube]