My original proposal for my Master’s final project went along the lines of:
“Exploring the world through music: an investigation of data sonification (and related techniques) in computer generated music and audio mixing.”
I’d done a bit of work in the past around the idea that you could analyse an image and have some sort of music generated. The ‘colourorgan’ used colour information to generate / play specific sounds and sequences, and the ‘Flickr Playr’ took a Flickr stream and made ambient music from the images in it. For this project i want to explore more ideas around audification, sonification, and generating music from various data.
It’s been a while since i’ve worked in earnest on the project, but i’ve recently started revisiting some of the original ideas and re-working elements of the Flickr Playr. I’ve also come up with a slightly snappier title for the project – ‘Otono’, which sort of translates to ‘Sonic’, or ‘Tone’, from Japanese.
Quite a lot of the research carried out since the proposal has been around the various technologies that I could use to complete the project. I’m keen to keep things open-source where possible, and have moved away from using MAX/MSP in favour of Puredata. I’ve also been looking at OpenFrameworks for developing graphical, user interface and analytical tools, and, since i’m still working on Mac OS, using Xcode to develop the project with a view to creating a mobile app as well.
I’m going to try and post interesting developments to this blog – watch this space!