The Sonic Baton Project
A collaboration with Intelligent Instruments Lab, Iceland
Have you ever wondered what it might be like to conduct music and feel the sound change with your gesture? The sonic baton is an intelligent instrument that makes the art of conducting accessible to anyone for a try. Using Artificial Intelligence based on multiple sound data files, the sonic baton provides a variety of sound responses based on the position, speed and direction that the baton moves - just like conducting.
The sonic baton is part of a research and performance collaboration between Majella Clarke, conductor and student at the Iceland University of the Arts, with Nicola Privato, Sean Patrick O'Brien and Victor Shepardson from the Intelligent Instruments Lab. The intelligent instruments lab is an interdisciplinary research lab, based at the University of Arts Iceland, that investigates the role of artificial intelligence in new musical instruments.