Mixed and edited dialogue anda promotional video. It’s a fantasy themed boardgame called Perdition’s Mouth.
The rings of Saturn look like a spectrogram, so it occurred to me try how it would sound like. In essence, this a sonification of space!
Sound was created by using an authentic image of rings of Saturn as a spectral source to a series of filters. A 1 pixel slice of the image of the rings was extracted
The ring spectrogram was divided into three color planes, and the color intensity values were transformed into resonant filter cutoff frequencies. In essence one filter unit (per color plane) has 256 sounds playing simultaneously. The individual filters are placed along the x-axis so, that the stereo image consists of 256 steps from left to right. The last two sounds were created with 1024 voices and 3×340 voices.
The spectrum was compressed to a couple of ranges. In some sounds a small variation in certain divider factor per color plane is introduced for a slight chorus like effect. The original lossless sound bits are available on Freesound.
The interactive sound waves builder was presented at the Helsinki Hacklab stand at WÄRK:fest, a DIY/Hacker/Culture -festival. The system consists of a small table, webcam and Max/MSP/Jitter process. Visitors were able to manipulate the sound waves by (re)arranging colorful objects on the table.
The table was simultaneously scanned in two dimensions, and the extracted data was used to create the sound waves, pitches and amplitudes for the oscillators. Besides the musical piece the rearrangement of the colorful objects created a transforming visual piece.
The workshop was held for theaters’ staff and lasted two hours. The workshop was organized as a part of Teatterilaiva theater festival.
By lightly discussing about the general principles of sound design the attention was drawn to available technology and digital sound processing. Sounds and soundscapes were created by using generally available free software and sound libraries. The workshop provided to be a source of interesting ideas for coming shows.