A spatial color-sound model for mixed reality


ISSN: 0368-492X

Article publication date: 9 August 2011


(2011), "A spatial color-sound model for mixed reality", Kybernetes, Vol. 40 No. 7/8. https://doi.org/10.1108/k.2011.06740gaa.015



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A spatial color-sound model for mixed reality

Article Type: Special issue abstracts From: Kybernetes, Volume 40, Issue 7/8

Sylvia M. Rabeler

Binghamton University, The State University of New York, Binghamton, New York, USA


Purpose – The objective of this paper is two-fold: to share information about color and to solicit information about sound, with the ultimate goal of producing a simple formula for generating a cybernetic mixed reality environment; and to serve as a vehicle for inviting conversation at the “Cybernetics: Art, Design and Mathematics 2010” Conference.

Design/methodology/approach – The majority of research in color focuses on the perceptual, experiential, phenomenon. Conceptual color is a perceptual and non-experiential. It is color observed as a thought. By engaging in study, from this methodological approach, color can be modeled as a simple computational system of inter-related abstract elements. This makes the complexity of the perceptual environment understandable and translatable to abstract data, but also makes the transition from the abstract back to actual possible.

Findings – The conceptual model approach has yielded a number of features for future study, not least of which is color, as a true mathematical system. This is very different from a simple color-coding system.

Practical implications – With more development, the new system may prove to be of significance to future digital design applications. Given that music is also a spatial pattern system, revisiting the age-old belief that there must be a correlation between color and music may now be productive.

Originality/value – This paper presents a puzzle with thought-provoking questions, designed to solicit the information needed, in order to determine if a spatial correlation between color and sound is identifiable.

Keywords Art, Cybernetics, Reality, Sound, Spatial, Color, Mathematics

Paper type Research paper