The Migratory Patterns of People lets public transit systems play their home city like an instrument. Live GPS data from the city’s bus system is imported and translated into the sonic and visual patterns of the piece. Each dot and circle on the screen represents the location of a bus on its route in the city. They also represent the notes that are playing; as they move left or right, up or down, the notes also rise and fall and give shape to the harmonies of the work. Two bus lines play at a time, and the route numbers currently playing are spoken aloud in multiple languages.
The work was designed to be either installed in a physical location, streamed online, or both, in an effort to connect people to the public transit system of the city. It is customizable to cities who use live GPS tracking for their bus system, or any other system with General Transit Feed Specification (GTSF) data.
Migratory Patterns [Nashville]
The Migratory Patterns of People was commissioned by Nashville, Tennessee’s WeGo Public Transit. The work will premiere on April 1, 2019 as a livestream on WeGo’s Facebook and Twitter feeds, and a live installation will take place at The Studio 208 gallery beginning on April 6th, 2019. More information to come soon! Follow Aaron Hoke Doenges on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to find out more.