While this project is the obvious extension of software, hardware, and technological expression, what is perhaps more inspiring is the evidence of universal tenants of Composition. In this case referring to capital "C" composition, as in the ideas of composition that are shared across media - from prose to architecture, painting to fashion, film scores to scripts. We might agree that many basic ideas of theme, variation, positive and negative space, repeating forms, inversion, counterpoint, and more are tangible in all (or at best many) creative pursuits.
Sound Sculpture is no exception, in fact it describes these ideas in extremely plain ways - it is both visible and audible. When, for example, a random scattering of the cubes is present, it will sound (and look) just like that - without recognizable pattern. When participants create a shape, and then repeat it, perhaps with a slight variation, it is often recognizable as such - a pattern and variation, a musically provocative idea. These unique features of the artwork - the physicalization of music making - have allowed many people to be creative, and play with sound, in ways they may have otherwise not attempted. The artwork creates a social foil for play that is intuitive and effective, all the while being a literal and accurate musical instrument. This has opened doors to musical play and in many cases surprised participants with new belief in their own creativity.
Additionally, this artwork has been used multiple times in performance works with musicians collaborating with the public, and in certain cases, with dancers and choreographers. This use has been particularly inspiring, as the physical nature of the artwork allows dancers to co-create their score, set design and aspects of the stage lighting in real time.