The Interactive Floor is a collaborative music instrument and a social meeting place. 36 sensors under a carpet, connected to a music computer mounted under the floor and loudspeakers mounted in the ceiling.
The patterns printed on the carpet inspire people to explore different combinations. There are 6 groups with different instruments, 6 zones in each group. By standing or dancing on different combinations of the 6 zones, 64 different loops can be triggered. Total 384 loops, all synchronized so that they all sound good in every possible combination. If no-one stands on any zone for more than 2 seconds, the loops in each group is randomly re-arranged. The whole floor can produce 68.000.000.000 possible combinations.
The first Interactive Floor was installed at Deutsche Telekom’s head office in Bonn, Germany. The entrance to the offices was re-made with fall decorations and a graffiti panting, complemented by the Interactive Floor.
Metadesign in Düsseldorf provided the design. Here are some early scetches: