SOUND TEXTURES

May 2009, Helsinki @ Media Lab Helsinki


Overview | Process | Exhibition

This project was inspired by the small midi sound boxes that allow you to punch holes on a musical notes sheet that produce sounds depending on where the hole was punched.

Photo sounder is a phone application that explores the possibility of reading pixels as musical notes. Every image can become an unique sound clip. This idea has a potential that ranges from a fun phone application for users to giving sonic understanding of images for the visually impaired to being able to give a sonical defition to one's surroundings.

The project is in development stage. The application would be available to download soon.


Exhibition:

Media Lab Demo Day, Media Lab Helsinki, May 2009


How it Works:

Once a picture is taken, a line scans the image and plays only the white areas it comes in contact with. The canvas is pre-divided into a tonal map, so depending on the nature of image pixels over this tonal map, they produce a different (pre-determined) sound.

Photosounder is a java-based application written in Mobile Processing.


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