Sound Visualization Through a Swarm of Fireflies
An environment to visually express sound is proposed. It is based on a multi-agent system of swarms and inspired by the visual nature of fireflies. Sound beats are represented by light sources, which attract the virtual fireflies. When fireflies are close to light they gain energy and, as such, their bioluminescence is emphasized. Although real world fireflies do not behave as a swarm, our virtual ones follow a typical swarm behavior. This departure from biological plausibility is justified by aesthetic reasons: the desire to promote fluid visualizations and the need to convey the perturbations caused by sound events. The analysis of the experimental results highlights how the system reacts to a variety of sounds, or sequence of events, producing a visual outcome with distinct animations and artifacts for different musical pieces and genres.
KeywordsSwarm intelligence Computer art Multi-agent systems Sound visualization
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