January 04, 2010

Photos to sound & back again

  • A technology called Photosounder can treat images as audio (demo). “Sounds, once turned into images,” they say, “can be powerfully modified to achieve effects and results that couldn’t be obtained in any other way, while images of all sorts reveal the infinite kinds of otherworldly sounds they contain.” [Via]
  • In a related vein, scientists have turned dolphin calls into kaleidoscopic patterns. (Note the image gallery navigation controls on the right.) [Via]
Posted by John Nack at 5:19 PM on January 04, 2010


  • Diego Navarro — 6:48 PM on January 04, 2010

    Will Adobe come out with the same tecnology in Photoshop CSFuture?
    Just Kidding.
    Really Amazing!!
    Hello from Brazil.

  • Jim Helwig — 9:03 PM on January 04, 2010

    The dolphin calls kaleidoscopic patterns are quite beautiful.
    This reminds me of the research by the Swiss Dr. Hans Jenny and his work with Cymatics using various methods to create\generate patterns using sound to excite solids and liquids.
    Many of the patterns resembled Tibetian Mandalas;
    sound creating form and structure.
    Here’s a recent Cymatics presentation on TED(Ideas worth spreading)
    And another TED presentation by a composer http://www.ted.com/talks/joann_kuchera_morin_tours_the_allosphere.html

  • Cris DeRaud — 7:26 AM on January 05, 2010

    So this is what is really meant by ‘digital noise’
    [Nice. :-) –J.]

  • utm — 7:43 AM on January 05, 2010

    Hi John. There’s a great Mac application by the creator of Bryce called Metasynth which does similar visual/audio synthesis. I’ve used it with Photoshop for all kinds of noise mangling.
    Those sea mammalgrams are really beautiful! :)

  • M Pawliger — 9:01 AM on January 05, 2010

    I remember reading about this years ago. The first auspicious use of such technology was to restore a Three Stooges short where the soundtrack on the side of the film, encoded as a visual waveform, had deteriorated and only image restoration could fix it. Ah, what Science can do!

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