|Cherry Blossoms: Site Installation Music
Antenna Design New York commissioned product msd to design, compose and arrange the original interactive music for their "extraordinary installation" (New York Times) entitled "Cherry Blossom" for the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York City.
"Cherry Blossom" was located in the museum's grand staircase. When visitors ascended and descended the stairs, their presence triggered the playback of musical sound and visual display of floating blossoms onto a 2-story projection screen.
Sound was an important feedback component in the piece, connecting motion on the stairs to the visuals projected on the tower. product msd created a series of individual interlocking musical events in concert with the interactive scheme of the piece. Gentle, light melodies and chords were designed to rustle in rhythm with the swirling blossom petals. The interlocking sounds coalesced into new chordal and melodic combinations, and then fell apart, as visitors traversed the space, and as blossoms fell. Pitch, tone and sonic timbre were designed to mirror the visitors' ascent and descent of the stairs, from low to high, and back again.
product msd's musical works "Cherry Blossoms" comprised the sound component of the installation at the Cooper-Hewitt from April 22, 2003 to August 17, 2003.