Paint2Sound is a free application for Windows that’s designed to convert any .jpg or .bmp image, or any picture you care to draw/paint, into a soundscape.
Each pixel row represents a frequency band. The application synthesizes sine waves for each pixel row with an instantaneous amplitude determined by the brightness of each pixel in the pixel row, and then sums together all the sine waves.
There is user control over various parameters like sample rate, sound duration, how frequencies are distributed across the pixel rows and the overall level in the mix of each sine wave.
Here’s a demo of what Paint2Sound can do:
Paint2Sound is a free download at the Flexibeatz site.
7 thoughts on “Paint2Sound Turns Photos Into Sounds”
Damn, wish this was available for mac, is there anything like this for mac?
You’ve never heard of MetaSynth?
Sunvox can eat picture files, it sounds kind of wild. There is an tutorial / example of it on youtube.
There is a great app for mac 10.4 and higher (windows too) called photosounder, which can do something simular to this but has a ton of other options to boot. There’s a free demo of it, it costs around £35, check out the videos on their website http://www.photosounder.com, ‘transmitting photographs through sound’ is the video that shows the photo playing ability.
Cool, now when I get that gig doing sound for the remake of Plan 9 from Outer Space, I’m all set!
FL Studio has something similar to this built into it 😉
wow that was one sick sounding zebra 😀 … Thanks for this, i’ve been looking for something like this for a while.