Light Orchestra

Ka-Ping Yee

The Light Orchestra is a visual instrument that you can play with your body—it's like a musical instrument, but you're producing light, not sound. A wall of 1250 full-colour LEDs, 6 meters (20 feet) tall, is at your command. Walk up and be the conductor! With a small gesture, create a flicker; with a sweeping motion, throw fountains of colour.

The Light Orchestra has been at the following events:

Position and motion are detected using a Kinect depth camera. The lights are controlled by a particle system: bigger and faster movements generate more and faster particles. The colour of the particles depends on your distance from the camera, so you can choose the colours you want by taking a step forward or backward.