Levinsky Music (LM) is a distributed computer system developed by Marcelo Gimenes to support the Embodied iSound installation premiered at the 2016 Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival at Plymouth University. LM includes a smartphone app for iOS devices and a server running on a desktop computer. The idea is that participants use their smartphones as musical instruments becoming, at the same time, audience and performers. The system does not produce any sound itself. It just generates control data to a sound engine.
During the installation, participants are asked to hold their devices while they move around the space where the performance takes place. They are instructed to move smoothly and securely. Whilst they do so, data is generated by the gyroscope, an indoor location system and the tap of a button in the centre of the main/interactive view. For the indoor location system to work a number of beacons are positioned in the venue, reason why the participants are asked to authorize the monitoring and ranging of their position.
More information about the festival can be found on the website of Plymouth University Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research.
If you want to download the app, go to Apple’s App Store.