justin’s blog

sound experiment
November 30, 2008, 3:21 pm
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After a few months break, I have a lot of blogging to catch up on. First, a sound experiment done in Processing a few months ago. The piece takes sounds captured through your computer’s microphone, analyzes it and plays back the loudest frequency.

This piece is really exciting to me because of its implications and uses. Since the piece plays the most prominent frequency at any given moment, it essentially picks out the melody of any sound. When I play music, the piece pulls out the melody and plays it back in real time. In addition to playing back the most prominent frequency, it also does it at the correct volume level. It is fairly accurate, but there is so much extraneous noise involved with microphone capture that it does add extra notes to the melody for an interesting effect. I am interested in using this at a gallery opening or in a space which generates a lot of conversation noise it can pick out the melody of various conversations. I think it would provide an interesting soundtrack.

It is my first real attempt at sound art, which I have been trying to incorporate into my practice since I changed from a music major to a digital art major. The piece is posted online here. It is naturally a little temperamental because if the microphone and speaker are too close you’ll end up in a feed back loop.


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