Sonification of a Bike Trainer and a Cyclist
- VSTi MIDI Track 00:00
My idea of what the track would sound like is not at all similar to what was produced. My goal was to create an artifact that described the growing fatigue of the rider. What I did not consider is that this way of production would create a very slow, ominous, and dissonant crescendo. Additionally, I did not anticipate anything resembling a composition of any sort, more an abstract artifact with little direction or tone. The compositional aspect of this, in the end, contributes to the communication of fatigue; An increasing, dissonant pitch instills suspense.
.fit files were the project's main source of data. These are comprehensive logs of all information collected during a "ride". Refer to the first image in the gallery, note the multiple columns of information. Each column represents different metrics collected. This project utilized 5 minutes of 4 metrics; Heart Rate, Power, Cadence, and Speed. The 1200 points of data were processed into 4 .mid (MIDI) tracks by MUSICAlhorithims. This online app processed these points by "mapping" the string of variables onto a virtual keyboard. Refer to the second image in the gallery. The top variable string, each value indicating "pitch", and the below the accompanying duration of the note. The resultant .mid tracks were imported to REAPER (Image 3) and "played" by a VSTi, a virtual instrument, which in this case was a simple synthesizer.