Tag: music

Data to sound & New turntable

Python doing music

Tania asked her boyfriend Aldo to help us with transforming our raw sound into something more musical. He found a great music synthesizer made in python by a guy called Martin C. Doege
He used a 3D model file we gave him: .stl file to .wav (via importing raw data in Audacity).

This is the original sound file:

What he did is (quote him form his blog): “the basic idea was to read the wav file, get the data, which is an array of numbers with lots of precision. That particular wav file (the one Tania gave me), it ranges from -1 to 1, and it was 1519616 on length. So, the idea was to map those values, and the changed them to notes, and then create a synthesizer sound file from it. Of course there is more music science behind it, but me, being not a music scientist I fixed the octaves, and with that the time changed…”

It gives this file:

The code is this:
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We also received the first of the 4 turntables we will use for our installation. It is working perfectly and we have now to find some speakers in order to make the installation working.

Projects transforming data into sound/music

Spider silk makes music at MIT

with few tones you can play them and realise is it a piece of music, but if you play individual tones it doesn’t mean anything
combination – control – structure – in space and time
they create there own music to reflect some materials
use the molecular system to create the music



Artist Lisa Park manipulates water with her mind

Intersting to get direction on how interprete data
EEG headset to monitor the delta, theta, alpha, and beta waves of her brain as well as eye movements and transformed the resulting data with specialized software into sound waves.



Traces by James Alliban

Traces is an exploring art piece of motion, which makes the audience both the performer and the audio-visual composer of this interactive installation. The interaction makes the piece a sort of crowd-sourced performance artwork in which people’s movement creates a role reversal of the traditional dynamic of artist as performer and audience as observer. The user’s movements are captured as data and translated in real time into colourful particles and immersive sounds by David Kamp.



Music from very short programs

Very short C programs and Javascript expressions generating musical output. This is the third video in the series.



Sound garden

Sound Garden engages the viewer/participant in the familiar extended mediation device of audio amplification through the use of microphones and multiple speaker arrays. The participants and observers, however, discover that their interactions transform the invisible motion of sound into visible form.
A Pure data program was used to shift the pitch of audio input to sub audible levels enabling the speakers to move in response to the participants interactions, bringing a visible form to the physical presence of their sound in the environment.




Higgs boson data turned into music at CERN

Seven physicists from CERN created a composition based on measurements from inside the Large Hadron Collider the results were surprisingly traditional, with even a hint of baroque. The scientists are shown playing harps and violins beside the huge particle accelerator in which the Higgs boson was discovered last year.
The music is based on the translation of scientific data collected by the four main Large Hadron Collider experiments in a process known as sonification.
Sonfication works by assigning a musical note to each measurement created by experiments, so that the same data is presented as a musical score.




This artwork responds to the current size and timing of the waves of the closet ocean of its current location. Every half hour the most current data from the closet ocean buoy station is downloaded. Custom software uses the current wave height and dominant wave period data from the buoy and transforms that information into a low frequency sound wave. As the size and timing of the waves in the ocean change so does the frequency of the sound waves produced by the software. These sound waves shake a bowl of water sitting on top of a speaker. This shaking produces wave patterns in the bowl that are captured by a video camera modified by the software and projected onto a wall. As the waves in the ocean change size and frequency the waves in the bowl will also change. This results in continuous variations of the shapes and patterns that one sees and hears which also reflects the constant changing conditions of the ocean.



Video and Sound Help Turn Astronomical Data into Art





Musical Sculptures Translate Weather Data Into Art

Visualizations of music, creative takes on notation, and physical data art are all running fixations at Brain Pickings. Naturally, the work of Boston-based artist Nathalie Miebach, one of this year’s crop of extraordinary TED Global Fellows, is an instant favorite. Miebach translates weather and climate change data from cities into musical scores, which she then translates into vibrant, whimsical sculptures and uses them as the basis for collaboration with musicians across a wide spectrum of styles and genres.
“Musical notation allows me a more nuanced way of translating information without compromising it. She uses these scores to collaborate with musicians across a wide spectrum of styles and genres.” ~ Nathalie Miebach


Sound of nature

Artists, scientists and designers collaborate on different projects to explore the sound of nature.

Like a person gasping for air when it’s in short supply, living trees make noises when they are running out of water, and a team of French scientists is a step closer to pinpointing the noises. Lab experiments at Grenoble University in France have isolated ultrasonic pops, which are 100 times faster than what a human can hear, in slivers of dead pine wood bathed in a hydrogel to simulate the conditions of a living tree.

The findings could lead to the design of a handheld device that allows people to diagnose stressed trees using only microphones. Such a device may be particularly important if droughts become more common and more severe, as many global warming models predict they will.

Media artist Bartholomaus Traubeck has figured out a way to create music from a cross section of a tree. He tells host Bruce Gellerman that he plays the tree’s rings like a record’s grooves.

While listening to the headphones hanging from the trees branches you can hear water being pulled up from the roots to the leaves through the xylem tubes.  You will hear a quiet popping sound that is produced by the water passing through the cells of the Xylem tubes and cavitating as it mixes with air on its’ way upwards. A deep rumbling sound that is produced by the tree moving vibrating.
As the leaves lose the water through evaporation the cells below the leaf become drier and they in turn pull water from the next cells below, this carries on down the tree all the way down to the roots. The water molecules cling together and form a water chain from the leaves to the roots under tension-cohesion.
The ‘Tree Listening Project’ aims to provide an experience that links both science and art by engaging the public with what happens inside a tree, and to excite and inspire a keen interest in trees.

It’s long been known that cavitations — air bubbles that block the flow of water throughout the tree — make a sound that can be heard with a microphone. If too many of these cavitations occur, such as we might see in drought conditions, a tree can die.

  • Finally, it is symphony of sounds from the Washington Park Arboretum called ‘Music of Trees’ – streams gurgling, flies dancing on a microphone, squirrels rustling through the underbrush – has been transformed. by the composer Abby Aresty. The music is part natural, part imagined.

 Aresty writes, “When I began working on this site I was excited to explore sounds of new life around this gigantic fallen limb . . . On a few occasions I brought a homemade contact microphone to this site. (Like its name suggests, it picks up sounds by touch rather than through the air.) Though I was outwitted by many an ant – they refused to climb over it – the flies loved it. When they landed on the small disk I was able to capture the normally inaudible rhythmic patterns the flies create as they dance about.”

Visual Sound Experiments


Mark Wheeler worked on a series of visual sound experiments by creating openFrameworks apps that you can ‘play’ visually, generating animations from MIDI data.

Experiments 1 & 2 were created by Mark, using live MIDI notes, BPM and CC values to create visuals with a ‘tightness’ to the music that wouldn’t be possible with only audio data. Each musical note is tied to a visual, audio effects have visual counterparts and transitions happen in time with what’s being played.

The third experiment came about after Russ Chimes suggested a collaboration based around his track We Need Nothing to Collide. Clay Weishaar also came on board and helped take the visuals out into the real world. The setup team used included a 5000 lumen projector running from a car via an inverter, and shot with a 5D.

“At first we planned on shooting at more wild, natural locations. However, after doing a test shoot in suburbia we realised there was something quite magical about the projections transforming these more mundane settings. Of course, it’s also fun watching the reactions from passersby (or, sometimes, their ability to ignore huge projections).” – Mark Wheeler

Everything is driven by custom openFrameworks apps linked to an Ableton Live set and MIDI controllers. A Monome running Mark Eats Sequencer is also used in some of the experiments you see below.

From creativeapplications.net

Bruce Munro


British artist Bruce Munro is best known for immersive large-scale light-based installations inspired largely by his interest in shared human experience. Recording ideas and images in sketchbooks has been his practice for over 30 years. By this means he has captured his responses to stimuli such as music, literature, science, and the world around him for reference, reflection, and subject matter.

His web site