New App, VOSIS, Turns Photos Into Sounds

vosisDeveloper Ryan McGee has released a new sound design app for iOS, VOSIS, that synthesizes sound based on the greyscale image pixel data from photos or live video input.


OSIS is an interactive image sonification interface that creates complex wavetables by raster scanning greyscale image pixel data.

Using a multi-touch screen to play image regions of unique frequency content rather than a linear scale of frequencies, it becomes a unique performance tool for experimental and visual music. A number of image filters controlled by multi-touch gestures add variation to the sound palette. On a mobile device, parameters controlled by the accelerometer add another layer expressivity to the resulting audio-visual montages.

Here’s a demo of VOSIS in action:

VOSIS is available for the iPad for $1.99 in the App Store. VOSIS is Creative Commons licensed.

If you’ve used VOSIS, leave a comment and let us know what you think of it!

7 thoughts on “New App, VOSIS, Turns Photos Into Sounds

  1. Man this thing can not quit sounding creepy. Love it! At first, I dismissed it as a Virtual ANS type app. But, it’s paradigm is actually quite different.

  2. Love this – but I wish it had MIDI control so you could play it from a keyboard, with recorded vector movements to evolve the sound!

  3. I like the ability to actually play the sound. Pretty cool. I wonder what it’s range is? All the examples sounded pretty much the same.

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