Making music with swings

21 Balançoires takes is an art installation residing in a newly open space in front of Université du Québec à Montréal’s Science Faculty. Together with Luc-Alain Giraldeau, an animal behaviour professor from the faculty, artists Mouna Andaros, Melissa Mongiat and Kelsey Snook wanted to explore the idea that together we achieve better things than separately.

What they came up with is a gigantic musical “instrument” made of 21 musical swings. Each of the swings triggers different notes, and all the swings together compose a piece, but some sounds only emerge from a cooperative effort of the interaction between the swings.

Here it is in action:

The great thing about this is that it can involve young and old alike (at the same time), to collaborate together to form music. You don’t need to know how to play anything, you just need to know how to have fun.

Here are a number of photos of the installation (click each to see larger versions).