Helsinki @ Media Lab Helsinki
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.
Media Lab Demo Day, Media Lab Helsinki, May 2009
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.