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Excellence Award

scoreLight

Alvaro CASSINELLI / MANABE Daito / KURIBARA Yusaku / Alexis ZERROUG

Electronic Musical Instrument [Uruguay, Italy / Japan / France]

The work scoreLight is a playful musical instrument, capable of generating sounds from the lines of drawings and the contours of three-dimensional objects nearby. A modified laser scanner works as a pick-up head that searches for sounds over the surface of a vinyl record, with the significant difference that the groove is generated by the contours of the drawing itself. The result is a spot of light that dances on the surface of the drawing, while singing its secret score.
Contributors: KURIBARA Yusaku / Alexis ZERROUG

© Alvaro CASSINELLI

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Alvaro CASSINELLI

Uruguay

Born in 1972, Montevideo, Uruguay, Alvaro obtained his Engineering (ENST) and Ph.D. degrees in Physics at the University of Paris-XI, France. Currently, he works as Assistant Professor at the University of Tokyo (Ishikawa-Komuro Laboratory). Since 2004, he has been experimenting in the field of media arts and has won several awards, including the Grand Prize (Art Division) at the 9th Japan Media Art Festival and an Honorary Mention at Ars Electronica.

( 2009 )

MANABE Daito

Japan

Born in 1976 in Tokyo. Media artist, Artist, interaction designer, software engineer, DJ, composer. Representative of Rhizomatiks Research.

( 2017 )

KURIBARA Yusaku

Japan

( 2009 )

Alexis ZERROUG

France

( 2009 )

Award Reason

The primary attraction of this work is that the laser light appears to have been given life. It reminds us of a small fish swimming swiftly in a shoal, or a bee busily flying around in search of honey. Moreover, as its name scoreLight implies, the device can generate sounds by means of the light, more specifically, the track of the light. On the surface, this work appears to be an unrefined idea utilizing an elemental technology. However, it can be used in various ways, such as a musical instrument, a game, or art to experience synesthesia. In other words, this piece suggests many possibilities for new entertainment concepts. Above all, it earned the award because it can provide a pure sense of fun by playing with a light ball.

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