The Stealth Project

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Stealth Project from squidie on Vimeo.

This is great.  A minimalist interface controls a matter of “missile launching,” light, color, and beauty.  From the Stealth Project website:

Planes, missiles and other hardware that deflect or otherwise avoid radar detection were key in the race for world supremacy. Detection avoidance, or stealth technology, was one of many ‘developments’ to emerge from the Cold War.

In the Stealth project, two grids of triggers target and launch missiles across an abstracted 3D space at each other, attempting to avoid radar detection and annihilate the opposition.

However, in contrast to the Mutually Assured Destruction madness of the arms race, the piece acts as a collaborative spatial musical instrument — each ‘missile’ emits sounds based on its relative position and the conditions it encounters along its trajectory.

The Stealth Project was first shown as part of the Cybersonica / French Connection Friday Late at the V&A on 31st october 2008

A full PDF press release is here.  Also, check out the minimalist control surfaces by Monome.