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Music for the Masses

Happy Friday everyone. Be sure to go out and play today. 🙂


Daily Tous les Jours, a Canadian interaction design group, creates wonderful multi-disciplinary media projects in public spaces. According to the designers, the idea is to harness mass participation to create one-of-a-kind musical events. At the same time, they also totally change the character of public spaces, getting people to have fun.

The group just created 21 Balancoires, a “giant collective instrument” for Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles festival (see video above). For the piece,people swing to activate the music. They write: “When in motion, each swing in the series triggers different notes and, when used all together, the swings compose a musical piece in which certain melodies emerge only through cooperation.”


Daily Tout les Jours worked with Luc-Alain Giraldeau, an animal behavior professor from the Université du Québec à Montréal’s Science Faculty, to explore how cooperation really works and how to make it happen. Their research found that “cooperation…

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