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The Pulse of the City Turns People's Heartbeats into Music

By: Meghan Young - Published: Sep 25, 2013 • References: georgezisiadis and fastcoexist
Those who have had the privilege of lying on a loved one's chest quietly while listening to their heartbeat will understand the appeal of Pulse of the City. It is an interactive public art installation that connects with passersby heartbeats in order to make music. Appropriately heartwarming, the music is sure to lift people into a state of happiness at first touch.

Originally designed for the Urban Prototyping Festival in San Fransico, California, the Pulse of the City installation has made its way to Boston, Massachusetts. Shaped like a big cartoonish heart, it was designed to "help people reconnect with the rhythms of their bodies," according to creator George Zisiadis. Powered by the sun, an algorithm chooses the song played based on individual heart rates.