Pluma is a sound installation which detects touch through feathers and generates sound via neural audio synthesis. The work stems from a reflection on the ways we make sense of AI in creative settings, examining technological agency as relational and perceptual phenomena. Digital interaction as magical unknown where technological liveness and intelligence are there because we simply move to evoke them.

Concept, design & sound: Giacomo Lepri

CNC fabrication: Halldór Úlfarsson

Audio neural synthesis: Victor Shepardson

Developed at the Intelligent Instruments Lab as part of the EU ERC INTENT project.

Capacitive sensing: Bela platform, Trill breakout board, conductive paint 

Actuator: Tactile transducer, sound board 

Sound: RAVE Neural Network Synthesis (Max)