Cloud Piano by artist David Bowen is an instrument played by the sky. A live feed of clouds and its patches of light and dark are interpreted into “hand” movements. As the sky changes, so do the notes played. Creative Applications explains, “MaxMSP patch uses the video of the clouds in real-time to drive a robotic device that presses the corresponding keys on the piano.”
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The recording of Cloud Piano‘s music above is more melodic than one would think. Both bass and treble notes play together forming an abstract composition. Bowen’s work is a perfect use of automation as poetry, translating sight into sound to create something that requires no explanation to be enjoyed.