We, human beings, can imagine sounds by taking a glance at a photo: A scene of a beach may bring the sound of crashing waves to mind. You may hear sounds of horns and street advertising from a picture of a busy crossing. “Imaginary Soundwalk” is a sound installation focusing on such our unconscious behavior.
In this installation, an AI system trained with hours of video data keeps generating imaginary “soundscape” by selecting the best-matched sound to given scenery from a pre-collected massive environmental sound dataset. Viewers can freely walk around in the soundscape imagined by the AI on Google Street View. A slight gap before playing sounds nudges viewers to imagine by themselves.
By externalizing such synesthetic thinkings as a system, we tried to shed lights on the power of imagination we all have in common.
Concept/Machine Learning: Nao Tokui
UI Design/Programming: Shoya Dozono
Machine Learning: Yuma Kajihara
Network Programming: 2bit
Assistant Programmer: Robin Jungers
Various sound files are used under Creative Commons Licenses. See http://imaginarysoundscape.qosmo.jp/
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Established in 2009, Qosmo uses algorithms in the process of creation to reveal new forms of expression. The name “Qosmo”, derived from “cosmos”, holds meaning in two extremes, “the order of the universe” and an “ornamental flower”. Their recent work incorporates artificial intelligence and algorithmic design with the motto “Computational Creativity and Beyond”.