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The Sound of Light

*Cue ” The Hills are Alive”*

I don’t normally paste product announcements disguised as news stories into my blog, but a) I’m feeling lazy, and b) it’s an interesting enough story that I think it’s worth it. And besides, c) I edited it for  brevity and newsiness, so I’m not that lazy (although I couldn’t do much to un-Germanize the translation without completely re-writing the story)! Behold:

MAZeT and JENOPTIK are partners in the project “Luce. The Sound of Colors”

With JENCOLOR color sensors, Jena-based companies are  delivering the innovative and unique technology which will make the project possible with previously unknown color impressions.

Dr. Fred Grunert, managing director of MAZeT GmbH, and Dr. Michael Mertin, Chairman of the Executive Board at JENOPTIK AG, signed the sponsorship contract for the project “Luce. The Sound of Colors” recently. MAZeT and Jenoptik are the main sponsors of the concerts and the associated installation in the Jena Volkshaus building.

“Luce. The Sound of Colors” unites science, business and art in a unique way. The light-space installation is being designed by the renowned Stuttgart artist rosalie. An exhibition accompanying the project and on the work of rosalie will be open to visitors from mid-December in the JENOPTIK AG gallery opposite the Volkshaus.

MAZeT GmbH is supplying the technological basis for the project, thus making possible the realization of Alexander Scriabin’s almost 100-year-old vision of linking music with colors in his Prometheus Symphony. Due to insufficient technical means, suitable color effects could not be fully realized during his lifetime (1872-1915).

The color sensors developed by MAZeT and manufactured by Jenoptik make possible a previously unattainable homogeneity and brilliance of the freely-composed play of color with light-emitting diodes to the music of Scriabin, Igor Stravinsky and Georg Friedrich Haas. The musical works will be translated, programmed and recorded into a color composition by the artist rosalie parallel to the music. The Jena color sensor technology guarantees that every color which belongs to a particular tone is always perceived in the same way – regardless of the brightness of the surroundings.

“MAZeT’s sponsorship of the Luce project should impart the beauty and emotionality of technology and awaken interest among young people in a technology-oriented training”, says Dr. Fred Grunert, managing director of MAZeT GmbH.

JENCOLOR color sensors recognize and measure properties of surface colors of active light sources. The color sensitivity of the sensors corresponds to that of the human eye.

In illumination applications, LEDs in combination with optics and sensor technology take on completely new dimensions. Color, brightness and light distribution prove to be seemingly boundless. Among others, the systems will be used in innovative lighting systems which can automatically adjust themselves to brightness conditions. On large illuminated panels, a high uniformity of brightness and light color is attained via the technology.

In the future, airplanes from renowned manufacturers will thus be fitted with modules for LED illumination systems.



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.