Cloud Music

CloudMusic01Cloud Music, Robert Watts, David Behrman, Bob Diamond, 1974-79, custom audio and video electronics, camera, amplifiers, speakers, video monitors.

On display at the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum, this piece is very interesting. A camera pointed at the sky (in the window) captures the movement of the clouds (and brightness levels) with an input to a video analyzer and output to speakers, turning the natural movements of the sky into sound. The video screens show the viewer what the camera is capturing in real time, so the video and audio outputs can be experienced together. Quite a piece that you can only experience in person.