ASU Digital Culture Gallery

2013.04.02 / pdMusic

pdMusicIsaac Wallis

April 2 - 16, 2013

Exhibition Hours: Monday through Friday, 12pm - 2pm

The Digital Culture gallery is located in the B-Wing of Stauffer Hall, Room #B102, on the ASU Tempe campus.

pdMusic is a kinect-based musical instrument that allows you to improvise to an electronic dance mix by moving your arms. It also contains a DDR-like rhythm game to help teach you how to play. pdMusic is based on my conception of art where any artistic merit comes from the activity that is afforded, more than from any physical properties of the work itself. By drawing you in, and encouraging experimentation and exploration of skills that may otherwise be infrequently-used, pdMusic engages, and encourages the persistence of engagement.

Special thanks to Sonique Des Fleurs (Andrea Silkey) for the electronic dance mix.


Isaac Wallis grew up on a ranch in Wyoming, where he learned how to work hard. Then he spent five years in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he learned how to handle stress. Next he got a Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music in Music Synthesis, where he learned how to be creative with music and computers. After that, he acquired a Master of Music degree in Composition (with a concentration in Interdisciplinary Digital Media and Performance) from Arizona State University, where he learned to program computers and to quickly make prototypes of experiential systems. Now he is finish ing his PhD in Media Arts and Sciences, during which he learned to think critically and abstractly in order to construct theories, while employing all the previous skills. He shares his living quarters with two cats, a dog, a pair of turtles, and one fiancé. He plays harmonica, ukulele, keyboards, and an assortment of other instruments including the slide lekgodilo (also called the flombone), which he invented. Among his other hobbies are running, video gaming, programming computers, collecting comic books, writing, and most recently, yo-yoing.

The Digital Culture Gallery is located in the B-Wing of Stauffer Hall, Room #B102, on the ASU Tempe campus.


Gallery days/hours - Monday through Thursday 12pm - 2pm.