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Small Fish

In 1999, »Small Fish« has been created at ZKM in the course of the series »digital_arts_edition«. It is a cooperation between the ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics and the ZKM | Institute for Visual Media and is now also available for iPhone / iPod Touch and iPad. The elements which can be used to change the score and thus influence the music, are widespread abstract forms, circles, points, lines, or moving colored patterns. In the 15 different graphic scores, the player can arrange the multiple parts to affect the music immediately. It was created by Kiyoshi Furukawa, Masaki Fujihata and Wolfgang Münch. Now available on the App Store


The Klangdom of the ZKM is controlled by the software Zirkonium. This moves the sounds sliding smoothly through the space following the "vector based panning"-method. Zirkonium is designed as an open instrument; thanks to modern programming and flexible interfaces the composers can play their spatial compositions in any room with different speaker configurations, no matter if 12 or 100 speakers are available.

User interface of the control software Zirkonium, main window

With this system pre-produced sounds, but also sounds created live can be controlled. Via Open Sound Control protocol most software like Max or Super Collider can interact with Zirkonium. Any random controller, from the high-end lemur touchscreen to the cheap joy stick can be deployed. Additionally Zirkonium can also be used as audio unit plugin. Thus, the user can incorporate Zirkonium's panning capabilities into his preferred environment (including Digital Performer, Logic).
The idea and the concept of the Klangdom and Zirkonium were developed by Ludger Brümmer and implemented by Joachim Gossmann, Chandrasekhar Ramakrishnan and Bernhard Sturm at the ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics. The software was coded by Chandrasekhar Ramakrishnan. Zirkonium has won the second prize at the Lomus 2008 competition. Download and Tutorial

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