Final Project Week 1 & 2

While there are so many fun ideas I want to do, I have chosen to work on the concept of meditation, my long time interest (I am very excited!).

Week 1 – Redirect

I’ve been thinking a lot about how to activate the meditative state – to feel a sense of calm and present. I began by observing myself and when I do feel a sense of calm. A lot of the times I would describe those moments – in terms of its environment e.g. walking in a park, being in a quiet space, playing with sand. However, to manufacture those environments i.e. create sensorial elements and create a feedback loop based on your meditative state seem more stimulating than calming. Therefore, I tried to find another commonality in those moments, which lead to breathing.

Week 2 – Decided

When exploring the concept of breathing, it became apparent to me why calming moments are so obvious – because most of the time I’m not calm! I’ve been told my multiple doctors that I don’t breathe properly, that I don’t inhale/exhale deep enough. Also, I sometimes hold my breath without meaning to. This affects the quality of blood flow in my body as well as the way I speak. Recommendations from doctors have been to take singing lessons, get speech therapy or learn to breathe properly.

Learning to breathe sounds easy but I’ve been breathing this way all my life and I’ve never had to think about it, it is extremely unnatural. It is almost impossible to do it because I never realised that I am doing it wrong.

For this reason,
I want to make a ‘Breathing Trainer’ to train myself how to breathe properly.

‘Breathe Trainer’

WHAT: a wearable which tracks your breathing

WHO: for people who have breathing problems (mostly for me)

WHEN: when you want to train your breathing, it is not to be worn all the time *it does not have to fashionable* but it has to be extremely sturdy. I want to fabricate this very well because I really want to solve this issue!

HOW: put it around your face and turn it on. it will start vibrating when you are breathing too fast or when you hold your breath.


Some resources:

Testing the possibilities:

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I also tested the sensor and the vibrating motor.


Design inspiration:

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Next steps:

  1. gathering materials
  2. fabricating
    1. sensor – how to calibrate?
    2. actuator – what’s the comfortable level of vibration, is vibration the most effective actuator?
    3. band – how to make it fit + look good + sturdy?
  3. user testing
    1. is vibrating when breathing wrong the right action? should there be something when I’m breathing right? an incentive?
    2. should the data be tracked over time?

I wish to make a few to let others try too.



I don’t know a lot about sound and music but they have a lot of influence on me. Last week’s class made me question how sound works, how our brains register different sounds and how they can influence us. After last week’s class on sound I went down a rabbit hole.

First – “Everything You Should Know About Sound”
I feel your vocal cords vibrating

  • “The most important kind of human communication happens when our brains send information to other brains through complex patterns of air pressure waves. Have you ever stopped and thought about how incredible that is?” –
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Second – Musician Explains One Concept in 5 Levels of Difficulty (Harmony)
How is there so much harmony? What are we really hearing?

Third – Simple Waveforms Combined
Look at those weird patterns

Fourth – Online Tone Generator
Playing different notes that sound unfamiliar

… and so on.

At this point I know I wanted to work with sound.


  • body synth –
    what if you and your movement become the note?
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  • webcam sequencer –
    what is this hidden meaning my face is creating?
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  • slider dance –
    how about switch roles with slides? let the sound turn the slides? and we turn the sound?
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  • self text fill –
    play with lyrics?
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  • petri dish –
    have lyrics bouncing off according to the beat?
    make lyrics explode and rejoin?
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  • bendy grid –
    this connotes the sense of wavy well? this is similar to what I see in my head.
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  • word synth –
    try matching words with pitch?
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Source of materials

Other things I might want to explore

  • Algorithmic patterns that exist in nature… might they be related to sound? … What if a value in a pattern is incremented in the same way a note does?
  • What if we can reach inside a wave and touch a note? Bend a wave? But make the visual stay… like a harp but with visuals?
  • Is there something that is beautifully out of proportion… since our brains just want patterns?
  • When is something hypnotic vs. meditative?

A sketch I made with lyrics


Who’s it for?

Mostly myself … and non-musicians who enjoy music/sound and want to learn how they work.

How will people experience it? Is it interactive?

Visually, sonically.

Body movements.

Is it practical? No. Is it for fun? Yes. Is it emotional? Maybe. Is it to provoke something? Yes… Question the sounds… Seek for nuances in sounds… Observe it more.



Genie Blender – Final


  • grouping – I was assigned to be with Bilal and Emily
  • storyboarding – we talked through the story together and Emily did the drawing for us
  • test shooting – gathering materials and testing (we realized this looked nothing like how we pictured, lighting was very difficult to get right)
  • actual shooting – looking up references so we could all be on the same page
  • editing – we prioritised learning how to use premier over the actual output so each of us took a stab at editing and separated the work by minute

I like:

  • that we decide to split the editing work because we could all explore our own style
  • the synchronization between sound and visual in the first part

I wish:

  • we had planned the editing better in terms timing  – in order to create a arc
  • we had looked at the references sooner
  • we had talked about what we all wanted more thoroughly i.e. what we were comfortable with and what we were not. there were areas of miscommunications during the process


For this week’s assignment on video & sound, I decided to work on sound. I do not know a lot about sound but I’ve always loved music. Learning about what sound actually is and how it actually works was mind opening.

“The most important kind of human communication happens when our brains send information to other brains through complex patterns of air pressure waves. Have you ever stopped and thought about how incredible that is?” – Everything You Should Know About Sound – Tim Urban

The musical piece I chose to visualize was “Bloodstream” by Tokio Myers. It is a combination of Clair de Lune, Debussy and Bloodstream Ed Sheeran. I didn’t know either of the songs before I heard Tokio Myer’s edition so they both felt like one song to me. But they’re very different in many ways.

My sketch:

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