Client: Personal Project
Date: 8th December 2016
Discipline: Sound Design, Animation, Branding
George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece, Nineteen Eighty-Four is perhaps the most pervasively influential book of the twentieth century. The novel is startlingly original and haunting that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing, from the first sentence to the last four words.
My brief was to commercialise an electronic edition of George Orwell’s 1984. The interactive installation uses projected graphics that are controlled and manipulated by a Wacom tablet. The aim was to encourage people to re-read the book in a different medium, and entice new readers whilst sensitising them to the theme of Freedom.
So, how does it work? The real time visuals are manipulated and change visually as the stylus pen glides across the surface of the tablet. The tablet registers changes in pressure and the x and y values and responds accordingly causing the visuals to react.
Once I knew the direction I wanted to go in I gave myself the task to take important aspects from the book and choose sounds that I associated with it. For example I knew the opening line of 1984: ‘The clock struck thirteen’. This is one of the most famous opening lines ever. I wanted to recreate the sound of a clock stricking whilst crescendoing. The sound I choose was a short, sharp, bleep. Not only did it sound like a clock but also a heart beat monitor. I thought this was effective and fit in well with the story I was telling.