Ant Sonification

From my interest in data sonification and feedback systems, I constructed an environment to create music from the movement of ants. As they move about, some custom software tracks their positions through a camera and creates audio waveforms which are then transmitted into the sand substrate through a speaker coil. The audio vibrations cause shifts in the sand which alters the movement of the ants, and thus the sound, completing the feedback loop.

Below is a video clip showing the setup and sound produced.

Sonification of Ants from Luke Loeffler on Vimeo.