Thursday, 27 September 2012

Insane in the Chromatophores

What you watch in this video is the skin of a squid reacting to sound.

There are some questions as to what is happening and how this works. An iPod plays music by converting digital music to a small current that it sends to tiny magnets in the earbuds. The magnets are connected to cones that vibrate and produce sound.

Since this is the same electrical current that neurons use to communicate, we cut off the ear buds and instead placed the wire into the fin nerve. When the iPod sends bass frequencies (<100Hz) the axons in the nerves have enough charge to fire an action potential. This will in turn cause the muscles in the chromatophores to contract.

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Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Graphics Speak | Weng Nam

‘Graphics Speak’ is about translating graphic to sound, it consists of a collection of graphical patterns that can be turned into sound. Every single pattern has its own sound and various composition can be made by mixing the patterns on a turntable. The whole installation is in a darkroom, by broadcasting live video recording of the patterns on the analog television, the transmitted electromagnetic waves will be translated into sound by using a sensor. Therefore in this case, what you hear is what you see. In the exhibition, it also contains the process and various experiments of visualizing sound and vice versa.

Weng Nam

Found at: designboom

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

The Tanks: Lis Rhodes

Lis Rhodes: Light Music
Tate Modern: Display, The Tanks at Tate Modern: Display
18 July – 28 October 2012

Found at: Visual Music

Monday, 24 September 2012

Sound waves breaking the air | Ernst Mach

Mach was a professor in Prague. He photographed the passage of fast-moving objects clearly showing the sound waves breaking the air in excess of 760 miles per hour. Electrical illumination was triggered when the objects struck wires prior to impacting glass targets, creating a spark effect.

Paul T Burns,

This photo by Ernst Mach was shot in 1888.

Friday, 21 September 2012

The Radar | Ryoji Ikeda

The radar was projected onto the sands and waves on Praia do Diabo in Rio de Janeiro.

Curated by Marcello Dantas
OiR project

Ryoji Ikeda

Thursday, 20 September 2012

An Instrument for the Sonification of Everday Things | Dennis P Paul

This is a serious musical instrument. It rotates everyday things, scans their surfaces, and transforms them into audible frequencies. A variety of everyday objects can be mounted into the instrument. Their silhouettes define loops, melodies and rhythms. Thus mundane things are reinterpreted as musical notation. Playing the instrument is a mixture of practice, anticipation, and serendipity.

The instrument was built from aluminum tubes, white POM, black acrylic glass, a high precision distance measuring laser ( with the kind support of Micro-Epsilon ), a stepper motor, and a few bits and bobs.

A custom programmed translator and controller module, written in processing, transforms the measured distance values into audible frequencies, notes, and scales. It also precisely controlls the stepper-motor’s speed to sync with other instruments and musicians.
Dennis P Paul

Found at: wire to the ear

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Mario Paint Composer

Mario Paint (1992) was a Super Nintendo game that included a very visual music composer.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Microsonic Landscapes | Realitat

An algorithmic exploration of the music we love. Each album's soundwave proposes a new spatial and unique journey by transforming sound into matter/space: the hidden into something visible.

Found at: Creative Applications Network