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Music does not express any idea and gives birth to thousands”.

(“Alessandro Manzoni for Radio Classica” FM 99.4 in Florence)

Rospo Eco-6 is a digital system that produces sounds generated by moving images in real time. Eco= from greek: οίκος, oikos= environment; 6= is the number of areas that analyze the image and produce 6 different sounds.

Eco-6 is a tool able to enrich and refine the visual perception of space. This happens through a visual exercise of environmental analysis, in search of compositions and rithms that ever-changing reality continuously offer to the “inattentive” eye. This reality can be either spontaneous (e.g. an urban environment) or purposely designed (scenography/choreography).

The sound. Sound is created by the variety of physical changes in the shot pictures. These changes are shot by a camcorder and then circumscribed on video into 6 areas (each subdivided into 16 parts), able to track movements uniformity and translate it into 6 sounding signals with 6x16 different characteristics. Sound can be generated in two ways:

  • virtual oscillation
  • real time audio sampling
The sounding signals coming out can be managed by a midi sequencer(a tool that allows to create and reproduce sequences of control signals to command an electronic device) or directly sent by movements.

The picture. What is shown by Eco-6 is nothing else than moving reality, divided into 6x16 parts. When there are no physical changes no part of the picture is shown.

Technical specifications for an Eco-6 module:


  • -1 DV Camcorder + tripod
  • -1 microphone
  • -1 laptop
  • -1 projector
  • -1 audio mixer
  • -1 audio amplifier system


  • -vvvv
  • -plogue

Technical requests:

  • -1 projection surface of at least 3,2 x 2,4 meters
  • -good illumination in the areas to be shot. As an alternative, previously recorded videos (mini-DV tapes) can be used.
  • -possibly a projector


Eco-6 drumming & performances

instruments and virtual instruments played by body or camera movements

Eco-6 city play

looking for urban rhythm. This movie was taken at a crossroad, close to Arno river, in Florence. The city play performance shows urban landscapes played from the DV tape of the camcorder(city play). In the same way, the urban landscape can be represented in live mode as an urban installation(city shoot, soon online).