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Sonic Runway
  • The City of San José Office of Cultural Affairs in collaboration with Burning Man Project present Sonic Runway by Rob Jensen and Warren Trezevant as the first artwork selected for the Playa to Paseo initiative. 

  • Sonic Runway  is a light-art installation that visualizes the speed of sound. 

  • The artwork is 432 feet long and stretch across a city block between 4th and 5th streets in front of San José City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113. The artwork can be be viewed nightly from 5:30 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. through January 2018. 

  • Sonic Runway converts audio signals into a pattern of lights that shoot down a corridor of arches at the speed of sound, (1235kph /767mph). 

  • The runway’s arches are each lined with 277 addressable LEDs. 

  • Live audio input is analyzed and converted into intricate patterns that shoot down the corridor with sound and lights in sync. 

  • Standing at the front of the runway, the beats of the music visually ripple away from the viewer. Looking back from the far end, one can see the sound coming and hear the music just as the patterns reach the viewer. 

Sonic Runway as it is lighted up during its opening on November 3, 2017.
Photo credit: Adrien Le Biavant