Making Sounds Out of Everyday Things

#Music

Sun, Sep 23rd, 2012 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

Dennis P. Paul has created An Instrument for the Sonification of Everday Things. Items are scanned while being rotated and the results "define loops, melodies and rhythms."

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.

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