Moving Images: 2nd Place

Lumenote: A Generative, Data Driven LED Music Box

Submitted by: Gerry Mayer III

NetID: gmayer3

Program: Industrial Design

Division: Arts and Humanities

Lumenote is a LED music box that generates an endless, unique music composition based on different data sets that are used to express the status of a topic of interest through light and sound. Instead of mechanical chimes, notes are created using programmable color LED lights which are interpreted by color sensors to play these notes through the speakers using an Arduino-based synthesizer. This semester I’ve been researching the current state of music education in US public schools, using data from over 1200 schools across the United States. This research has shown that schools with the highest poverty concentration have 66% fewer music teachers and give students 15% less access to music. That said, these music teachers collaborated 18% more often with teachers of other academic subjects, making connections to improve their student’s understanding of both topics. Lumenote contains an algorithm that uses these data sets to create notes with varying colors that embed music composition parameters like pitch, note range, chord type, and effect amount into each LED. Lumenote creates an opportunity for a non-intrusive news update on a variety of topic interests, creating a pleasant soundscape from “Big Data”.