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‘Ghost Band’ art project-game wraps play this weekend

Posted: June 22, 2009 3:42 p.m.
Updated: June 23, 2009 1:35 p.m.
 
"Ghost Band," an interactive game and media art project based on a "scavenger hunt" theme, wraps up its weekend sessions this Friday and Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. 

Developed by students through the Cal Arts Center for Integrated Media's "Soundgamepublicspace" workshop, "Ghost band" incorporates interactive digital technology, physical props and an inventive use of sound and space as part of its game play.

The objective of the game is for the players to use their listening skills to navigate a familiar space in an unfamiliar and fun way.

Using an mp3 player, an RFID reader, and a pair of headphones, players will search for the missing "ghost band" that resides in the mall. The "ghost band" cannot be seen, it can only be heard. The goal of the player is to help the band's producer find the various missing band members and their "sounds."

The "ghost band" members and their instrument sounds are hidden throughout strategic locations in the mall. As the player finds each member, a new instrument sound is added to the track that the player is hearing in the headphones. When all the tracks are complete and the player can hear the whole "ghost band" song, the player successfully concludes the game.

The "audio map" and the "ghost band" song were designed and created by the Cal Arts Soundgamepublicspace students designed as an integrated electronic sound composition.

The "Ghost Band" game has been available for play on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. during the month of June. During the week the Game Information Booth displays information about the game and artifacts created during the workshops.

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