I start the video showcasing each block and their respective sound. Funnily enough, this was the most frustrating part of the process. I took 11 (yes I counted) videos, and struggled to find and trigger each sound. I kept re-taping the sensor on my screen to different positions, so I was able to trigger them all. Sometimes I was too short to trigger the high ones, sometimes I couldn’t squat long enough to trigger the ones on the bottom. If I moved further back I wouldn’t trigger anything, and if I moved closer I would trigger too much at once.
I didn’t know that Tidal only read up to 9 sounds, (d10, and d11 wouldn’t work). So although I wanted to layer more sounds, I had to settle for 9. I picked a mashup of convenient positions, as well as positions all around the grid, so that even when I was recording, I would often find I sound that I had forgotten about. This was fun to play around with, but by the 11th video, I had heard the sounds too much.
I expected the GridEye to be able to read from further distances, but when I was further it didn’t trigger much. I also experimented with a candle, and a match, and to my surprise, once there was a small distance, the sensor barely read it. The sensor also only read my forehead, and nothing else in my body, from where I was standing, and I found that interesting.
Overall I still am amazed by how powerful a tiny square could be, and think about the many possibilities of what I could do with it.