Sound Portraits

Sound Portrait: Serkan

Last few days were pretty much about OFLab Breda, an OpenFrameworks workshop by Zach Lieberman & Todd Vanderlin. With the technical guidance of Zach & Todd we were encouraged to develop a project in these few days that was to be exhibited at the Graphic Design Festival. Along with the festivals theme “DECODING” the Arnhem team consisting of Jasper van Loenen, Bart van Haren and Sander Sturing came up with the idea of transmitting data by sound, hence making the transmitting process physical. Background noise and sounds from the environment provide distortions and artifacts.
Other than the live installation, we presented the project as a series of “Sound Portraits” portraying several of the Lab’s participants.

OFlab Breda: Sound Portraits

OFLab Breda: Sound Portraits
Among the participants portrayed are Takayuki Ito, Emily Gobeille, James Acres, Zach and ourselves.

OFLab Breda: Sound ImagesOFLab Breda: Sound Images

Sound Copy: Listening in class

It took three hours to send the image data through sound to the laptop depicted above. The image shows the environment that is hardcoded in the image by the laptop on the table, listening. The colors show recorded sound that’s outside of the spectrum that is used to send the image data. The image has been built up gradually from left to right, top to bottom.

Sound Portraits is a collaboration project of Jasper van Loenen, Bart van Haren, Sander Sturing & myself.

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3 Comments

  1. leandro
    Posted May 10, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    Great projetct! is there any video showing the process? Thank you for sharing this!

  2. Fabrice
    Posted September 9, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    I find this project fascinating! Congratulations!
    I would love to experiment with the software that you used… what are they? Let me know if it’s possible to get involved somehow.

  3. Posted January 10, 2011 at 1:27 am | Permalink

    Hey Fabrice & Leandro, thanks. The project was conceived and built during the course of an OpenFrameworks workshop, hence the ‘software’ is OF. The code’s really basic, but we’re still planning on cleaning it up and making it open source. Although it really is easy to build yourself, even better.

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