be_aware (2009/17)

for clarinet-driven rc-helicopter & video

Started as latenight-soldering experiment a new compositional strategy was conceived: in the borderlands of circuit bending and physical computing, I managed to overtake control of a miniature rc-helicopter using Max on my computer. This made it possible to use a microphone signal and extract certain sound features for controlling the helicopter through instrumental playing. The primary task of the pilot Carola Schaal is to achieve maximum air-time using her clarinet. There is no choice but to follow the instructions given by flying gadget in order to avoid crashing, the music is created as a result.

This video features the premiere of the all new 2017 hardware setup using reverse engineered IR-control code.