Orchestra Generates Music Based On Its Own Heartbeats

The Heart Chamber Orchestra is a stirring audiovisual project, involving an orchestra that generates its own musical score (and accompanying visuals) in realtime. The catch? The source of the music is the heartbeats of the orchestra's own members.

Each musician is hooked up to an electrocardiogram sensor, which sends their heart rate to a computer that incorporates it into a visualization backdrop. This data is simultaneously used to create a unique musical score that's displayed on a laptop before each player.

Orchestra Generates Music Based On Its Own Heartbeats

The actual performing, of course, affects the heartbeat of each performer, which in turn affects the score, which in turn—you get the point. Unsurprisingly this leads to a dramatically strange and abstract composition, that is both influenced and influencing. [Heart Chamber Orchestra via Co.Design]