Nike Harmonics of Air

  • Mehmet Unal

NIKE HARMONICS OF AIR In 2019, we were approached by Nike to create various new media installations involving the NIKE AIR MAX 720. After an internal r&d phase, my suggestion was turning the shoe into a playable instrument via sensors and movement algorithms. This became one part of the various installations which took place in Nike Stores around Istanbul. HARMONICS OF AIR commissioned by NIKE augments the sounds of moving air. Each participant is uniquely associated with the real-time musical & visual theme. To achieve a Mysterious portal within the physical and digital world we create a custom sensor box and 2 real-time software.


One of my passions is to bring people into a musical experience without needing any background. Harmonic Of Air allows just that — we can put music in people’s hands and give them an understanding of what performing means without needing any previous musical experience.

Inside the sneaker is a gyroscope.  The gyroscope is an integral part of the sneakers communication to a musical software via OSC*. The controlling computer communicates to the gyroscope what sound it should make based upon its position, including any pitch interpolation, cut-off-and any of a variety of additional custom-built sound effects.

This audio-visual experience invites you to create a personalized music performance based on your unique movements and your interactions with our immersive sneaker set.  The sensor reads the visitor’s hand movements, then translates this information into a musical sequence that’s matched to the rhythm.