Free App, PhonoPaper, Lets You Create & Play ‘Audio Barcodes’

Developer Alexander Zolotov has introduced a new app that explores using graphics as tool for manipulating sound, PhonoPaper.

PhonoPaper is a free platform for representing sounds as graphics. It combines a PhonoPaper-code generator to convert sounds into images that you can print on paper and a realtime reader that runs on smartphones (iOS & Android).

Because PhonoPaper turns audio into a tangible object, it lets you tangibly control playback. You control playback speed by the way you move the smartphone ‘playback head’. You can play it forward, backward or ‘scratch’ it.  Continue reading

Robert Ashley, “The Greatest Genius Of 20th Century Opera”, Dead At 83

robert-ashleyAmerican composer Robert Ashley – who reinvented opera with electronics and avant garde techniques – died yesterday at the age of 83.

Ashley (March 28, 1930 – March 3, 2014) was known for radically rethinking the concept of opera – reimagining it for TV and for recordings. and incorporating electronic instruments and electronic manipulation of speech.

In one work, Automatic Writing, Ashley recorded his involuntary speech (from Tourette’s Syndrome) and used it as one of the characters in his opera. The other three ‘characters’ were:

  • a French voice translation of the speech:
  • a synthesized version of the speech; and
  • Polymoog harmonies.

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Theometrica Generative Sound Synthesis Instrument Inspired By Acupuncture

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Theometrica is a generative sound synthesis instrument inspired by acupuncture.

Created by Oscar Palou & Alexander Müller-Rakow, Theometrica is a sound interface designed to explore “the relation of ethnologic, geometric graphics and generative sound synthesis”. Continue reading

Angelina Yershova Performs Instantanee II

Sunday Synth Jam: This video captures a performance by Angelina Yershova of Italian composer Mario Bertoncini’s electroacoustic work Instantanee II.

via Rod Mitchell