A Quick Generative Experiment

Here is an experiment I did using the SKTCH application for the iPhone, and Photosounder. Just a cool little exercise in sound design.

SKTCH is a generative drawing program for the iPhone, it’s damn fun to muck around with, you draw in shapes and mess with the preset algorithms and colours it has. Photosounder is a program that allows you to turn images into sound, or turn sound into images, edit them, and turn them back into sound.  The thing I find interesting about these programs is that the output is largely out of your control, you are just there to provide some input.

I created the images using SKTCH just playing around one night with some colours and shapes I liked. I later had the the thought that it would be cool to load these up in Photosounder that I’d recently bought, and take it for a test run. It was a fun little psuedo-generative experiment, and the results are noisy, eerie, chaotic. I set a time resolution in Photosounder, and then adjusted with frequency scale differently for each image, so some sounds have a narrower frequency range than is focused in the lower frequenices (200-500Hz) and some have a larger range (80-4000Hz).

In summary, these sounds were generated by these pictures. They are CC licensed, so feel free to download and use them however you wish!

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2 Responses to A Quick Generative Experiment

  1. You should really try with a black background.

  2. Yeah, will do. I made these in SKTCH before I had the idea to load them in to Photosounder. Next time it will be black background with lots of horizontal lines.

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