Leonardo Music Journal
Issue 7
December 1997

112 pages
ISSN 0961-1215
E-ISSN 1531-4812

Experiences in Digital Terrain: Using Digital Elevation Models for Music and Interactive Multimedia

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The authors have investigated the use of data that describes actual geographical terrain for purposes of deriving music and animation in interactive multimedia applications. Their approach has been to create virtual “travelers”—automatic processes that move through the modeled terrain and respond to what they find on the basis of programmed rules of behavior. The authors discuss several implementations of the concept and outline directions they are exploring for further development.