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In all other cases you should see a musical instrument, a musical
interface, a sound sculpture making music, a weird musical
instrument, an odd musical instrument, an experimental musical
You can also find information about builders of musical
instruments or artists using some of the strangest musical
instruments you can find on earth. Just browse this pages to find
some of the novelty instruments and get some inspiration to make
your own musical instruments or sound machines and let me know.
The Sonic Scanner turns drawings, pictures, etc. into sound. It uses an old handheld scanner with the electronics hacked to turn the visual scan-line into an audio waveform, so you can hear whatever you decide to scan translated into sound. The pressure sensors control various parameters (volume, pitch, etc).
There are four modes you can use to translate pictures into sound. The first mode, \"Waveform\" turns the optical scanline directly into sound by literally going through the brightness levels at an audio rate. The second mode, \"Spectrum\" translates the optical spectrum into an audio spectrum. It does this by mapping the scanline onto the frequency domain using a FFT (Fast Fourier Transform). The third mode, \"Rhythm\" is similar to the first in that it directly maps the scanline to audio, but at a much slower rate in order to pull out the rhythmic content of the scanned material. The last mode, \"Sampler\" lets you record a sound and then manipulate its playback with the Sonic Scanner.
(from : http://www.create.ucsb.edu/~dano/)
PhD candidate and Lecturer in the Media Arts and Technology program and theCenter for Research in Electronic Art Technology at UC Santa Barbara. He studied electronics engineering and music (violin performance) at CSU, Chico, and has a Masters from the Media Laboratory at MIT, where his thesis focused on the development of a novel interface called the MATRIX