Sonic Kayaks Open Hacklab

Collaborative prototyping for Sonic Kayaks at Foam Kernow with sound artist Kaffe Matthews and marine biologist Dr. Kirsty Kemp.

The project looks at converting kayaks into instruments for sensing marine microclimates and the paddlers/kayaks movements.

Kayaks will be rigged with a bolt-on unit consisting of under-water environmental sensors (we’ll start with temperature) and above-water speakers. The sensor data generated as the kayak is paddled will trigger sonifications, generating music to provide the paddler with an extra dimension of senses with which to explore the underwater climate. The sonification will be developed with award winning sound artist and composer, Kaffe Matthews. The project will be developed in collaboration with climate science researchers, offering for the first time a citizen-science approach to collecting valuable aquatic microclimate data. This builds on work by the Bicrophonic Research Institute.

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Keywords: tinker, electronics, coding, sound art, boats and climate science.