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Knowbotic Research, of Koeln, Germany, <> has created SMDK - an architectural sound environment composed of digital sounds collected from composers and musicians internationally. Using a digitally sensitised "wand," visitors physically search and discover sound clusters within the environment, creating their own orientation system within an interactive database. Co-sponsored by the Goethe Institute.

A graphical representation of sounds within
SMDK. (32k) A graphical representation of sounds within
SMDK. (23k)

Within the SMDK virtual environment individual sounds and sound groups are represented by geometric shapes visible to onlookers outside of the virtual space.

A quick movie (280k) demonstrates what onlookers experience.


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The Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon Street, San Francisco CA 94123