Samay Chakra

weather interactive sound installation

Samay Chakra is a computer-based weather interactive sound installation. It was programmed using the MAX programming language to perform music according to the basic rules of India’s classical Hindustani music. The fundamental unit of this music is the raag. Musically, a raag is a system of scales and melodies that is to be performed at specific times of day and during certain seasons. Using a weather station, Samay Chakra collects data from the surrounding environment and applies that information to the composition of the music.


This work was completed in partial fulfillment of a masters degree in Computer Music and New Media Technology at Northern Illinois University. You can find the thesis here.


2001 New Music & Art Festival, Bowling Green State Univ., Bowling Green, OH


2001 Electronic Music at Lewis, Lewis University, Romeoville, IL


2001 SEAMUS 2001, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA


2000 Samay Chakra (Lecture) International Symposium for Electronic Arts, Paris, FR