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Lights and Music: The Digital Laser Harp

Laser Harp

“The laser harp is a musical instrument made of light”

You play the harp by breaking the laser beam with your hand, and you can even change the tone by sliding your hand up and down the beam. It took Steven Hobley 3 months to create his first laser harp and 3 days to create his latest version seen in the first few photos below. The parts for the laser harp cost between $400-500 – which included a Nintendo Wii Remote and an Arduino micro controller. These laser harps have made their way to the main stage with music performers like Little Boots and Jean-Michel Jarre.

Laser Harp Music

Laser Harp Music

Laser Harp Music

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Empire State Building’s Debut Light Show With Alicia Keys

On November 26, 2012 the Empire State building lit up with its new energy efficient LED light system. This light show was synchronized to Alicia Keys’ Girl Is on Fire and Empire State of Mind which was broadcasted across radio stations. People could tune in and listen to the tracks while looking out to the Empire State Building and enjoy the light show from wherever they were. The video below was taken across the river in Hoboken, New Jersey.

The idea of letting everyone enjoy the light show through the radio stations was a good one. But let’s not forget that New York is a global city and should be compared to cities like Hong Kong and Shanghai. Places where the whole city lights up at night with dazzling city wide light shows and displays.

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The Saiko5: A DIY WiFi Dance Light Platform

Saiko5 Dance Light at Burning Man
Brian Neltner, a graduate of MIT, has outlined the steps he took to create the Saiko5, a WiFi Music Responsive LED Dance Light. You can have a look at the step by step guide here.

The Saiko5 has been used for the Burning Man 2010 and 2011, Temple of Visions in LA, and a number of other events. The photos below are from, where 10 Saiko5 units were used for the Acoustic Combustion installation.

Saiko5 Dance Light at Burning Man

Saiko5 Dance Light at Burning Man

Saiko5 Dance Light at Burning Man

A video demo of the Saiko5

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Androp Uses 250 Cameras to Animate and Back Light a Music Video

Music Video Lighting

Using 250 Canon Cameras to create a pixel display

Androp is a new band from Japan. They have released their first album, and each song has it’s own very unique music video. The great thing about their music videos is that they have gone down the creative route rather than videos with high production values. There is even a music video that showcases a video game they created. The music track plays in time with the simple animated game  – Androp Bell.

Out of all their creative music videos, the one I want to highlight here is where they’ve used a unique approach to back lighting a stage. Androp used a matrix of 250 cameras with flashes. Each camera is programmed, which allows for the backdrop to create images. The video gets very dynamic 3 minutes in. Check it out below.

“When we listened to ‘Bright Siren’,
we envisioned bright lights flickering in the darkness,
and the lyrics ‘not to make it a memory’ stuck in our minds.
From these inspirations, we came up with the idea of using camera strobos
as pixels to create an animation out of light”

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Nokia Lumia 800 and Deadmau5 4D Projection Show: London 2011

deadmau5 Nokia Lumia 800

There seems to be 2 key players in the smartphone game: Apple and Samsung (what happened to BlackBerry?). Nokia is making roads with it’s Lumia 800 Windows phone. To grab some attention for their new phone, Nokia staged a high-tech show in Millbank, London on the 28th of  November 2011. Using 3D projections they dubbed it a 4D show. The added dimension comes in the form of sound – having superstar Canadian producer and DJ Deadmau5 perform exclusive remixes.

deadmau5 Nokia Lumia 800

deadmau5 Nokia Lumia 800

The projection on the Millbank Tower used 16 projectors, and a canvas of 800 windows that were covered in vinyl. It is probably one of the tallest 3D projections seen to date, however is it really a 3D projection? The graphics were projected onto an almost flat surface. Regardless, it was an amazing event that Nokia pulled off, especially when you take a look at the amount of work it took in their behind the scenes video. When it comes to pure 3D projections, we think Toyota pushed the technology the most when they projected onto an Auris car from all angles with 7 projectors .

Check out our post on 3D projects done by Ralph Lauren, Toyota and Red Bull:
3D Projections: Onto Buildings, Cars and Snow [Videos]

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The Strobe Light App Turns Your iPhone/iPod into a Dance Light

Want to turn your iPhone or iPod into a portable dance light? Well there is an app for that. The RoboStrobe strobe light app taps into the flash light. When the app is used with a crystal clear plastic case, the flash pulsates in time with the music, lighting up the whole phone as seen in the video below.

strobe light app for iphone

The RoboStrobe music disco light app is for the iPhone and the iPod 4 and is available from the iTunes app store for $0.99. RobotStobe.

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