Heart Bits

By Andrea Valliere and Ana Jeličić & Jonas Bohatsch


Our use of technology doesn't often make us feel more present in our bodies and in touch with our surroundings. For this workshop, we want to work against that. We will use open source heart rate sensors to tap into our most vital body signal: the pulse. We'll learn to route this data into sound and visual systems. Our bodies will become the interface as we try to control the sights and sounds with only our hearts. We'll observe the effect of the environment and stimuli around us through our changing heart rates. Finally, we'll come together at the end of the workshop to perform as an orchestra.

Together, we’ll learn how to use Open Sound Control, p5.js, and Processing to learn how to route our pulse signals into generative music and art. We'll introduce you to the sensors and Arduinos and provide a jumping off point through code concepts and examples. Then you'll form teams, make it your own, and we'll end with an audio-visual performance!

Participants, please bring: A laptop with the following already installed: