It just gets better and better!
So far the coolest thing must have been the person that used Phonopaper code in GIF for a changing soundtrack and also must give props to my friend Cosmo Koroly that since some months used it in a painting for invocation of Vodou entities that soon will be posted!
It points out a new direction that personally I would never have thought of.
It is one artist that have made scrolling GIF's that can be read with the application and as such get the music or sounds to a much more flexible degree than the static image reading that has been the modus operandi so far.
To read it here go here:
In the video they are using it combination with music and it also shows the possibilities as a musician to share ideas and to get a score of your music directly as you can record sound and get a print of the music that can be read later. This is a possibility that have not crossed my mind until this video.
Well read somewhere but can not find it now that Phonopaper is also somehow with prints around the town where the festival is where it is possible to listen to the music of the different artists (if I remember correctly).
Someday feel that I have to start a Nightradio fanclub!!!
A small mention but want to share in either case and there is all the official videos presented in the post. Now it is time for me to go work on at my new Phonopaper painting that takes things to a conceptual level.
To read the post go here:
This is not too exciting but today will start a new PhonoPaper painting,
taking it to the next level!
Hope to share it in the beginning of next week.
This post may not make much sense if this is the first time hearing about PhonoPaper so to get the idea go to: http://www.warmplace.ru/soft/phonopaper/
When PhonoPaper came out there got some experiments made to see how well it would respond to paintings on canvas to use for a exhibition. The goal being to have paintings that would look good as abstract paintings ( this obviously is going to take a lot of time to make it work ) and also be able to have sound through the PhonoPaper app.
So far there has only been a little bit experimenting but it does respond well.
The canvas used have been glued with paper and then painted white as the idea was also to see if how it would work handpainted as graffiti straight on a wall.
First there was a recording straight into the telephone into PhonoPaper that got saved and exported into Virtual ANS. That is the image in the beginning of the post and the higher frequencies is cut off as it still sounded okay without and there is too much trouble to paint all the higher frequency lines...
Do not have a printer available now so imported the image into Virtual ANS but
it was slightly difficult to get it to sound exactly the same as if it would have been printed out on paper and read with PhonoPaper but at least after some general fuckeroo in Virtual ANS it sounds more or less as it would printed and read in the PhonoPaper application:
and here is picture of the painting to get an idea how it looks like and to show that you do not have to be so precise copying shapes.
Painted the shapes twice to see what difference it would make in sound.
Lastly here is a video of the resulting sound of the painting.
Think that it is pretty impressive!
So there is a lot of room for experimentation with paintings as it can be any size ( as long as it fits in the camera view ) and can allow for a whole new way to compose especially on larger canvases / surfaces. It would be excellent to have a bigger wall space with a ever changing composition!
Think that it is not too hard to learn to paint certain sounds as the shapes that got used in the painting are simple and is clearly reproducing the words.
Or learn shapes for certain notes / noises etc.
Want to mention that PhonoPaper in this moment of time ( August 2014 ) does not allow for video recording as there seems to be some trouble with the video files being corrupted so I did not upgrade the application as the latest upgrade took away video recording and it is true that a lot of media players do not want to play the file but it did work on some and uploaded to Youtube the video works fine obviously.
Surely Mr Nightradio will fix this soon!
And just want to express my gratitude to Mr Nightradio for inspiring me so much with his applications / programs! May you live long and surprise us over and over again!
Play Store link:
Missed this and did not see it until about two weeks ago when it was already over.
In either case it is important to keep an eye open for developers for the next year as there is four categories and one is SOUNDART.
Why is it important... because the first prize in each category is ten thousand euros!
Plus attention etc.
The top apps in the SOUNDART category was Geometric Music, Cells, Vidibox and Phonpaper.
So two apps that exist for Android and the winner was Geometric music...
Do not about Cells and Vidibox but I do know that Phonopaper is thirty times more interesting than Geometric music!
So if Geometric music can land ten thousand euros think that it is worth as developer to think a little bit out of the box ( if Geometric Music won maybe not even that much... ) and participate the year to come.
To read more about the requirements and about the winners follow these links:
Did not know that there was a problem but now it is fixed so everyone can get into the Magickal action of Phonopaper!
Play Store Link:
And look not only do you see the Phonopaper but also a piece of Mr Nightradio's Wall with an assortment of things!
Can you tell that I am a little bit obsessed with Mr Nightradio?
In my post about the update of Virtual ANS it got mentioned that there was an image export added called PhonoPaper and I was speculating.
Happily my speculations were totally off and it was much more interesting than that.
The export was for generating images of your Virtual ANS creations that you can use for PhonoPaper that Mr Nightradio released the day after.
So PhonoPaper is in the same family as Virtual ANS and uses the same sound engine.
What it does is reading audio from print. Anything that you can print on.
It reads it like a barcode outputting sound as long as it is in between lines on the top and bottom like this:
There is videos and the explanation on the Play Store but here is some things that entered into my mind since it came out.
First of all you can draw or paint the lines on top and bottom and they do not have to be perfect. I did some experiments last night painting on canvas and the idea was to see how exact the lines had to be painted and in the end I just painted by eye without guidelines being too lazy recovering from sickness but it worked.. They still have to be more or less aligned but you can more or less do it by hand or with a ruler.
I can see that it becomes a very nice alternative to sculpting sound in the way if you learn to draw the sounds that you like you can repeat that anywhere in the end having built up a set of sounds to use on any flat surface with any material. Open up the PhonoPaper application and use those symbols playing a piece of music or a longer performance.
It is interesting to if some people come together for jamming.
Drawing / Painting as playable presets directly from your hand / mind.
It can easily be used as a portable sound set using live just lay out the paper with prints on them or hang them up around you. Direct the camera towards the paper and it will play the sound with you controlling which parts and speed it reads the images. Visually it can be both beautiful and different.
It is funny to see the pictures on the play Store as it show that they can more or less far away, hanging sideways and PhonoPaper can still read it.
Soundwise you can accomplish the same sounds as in Virtual ANS which is interesting as you can get words and whole music out of it as you can hear in the videos below.
The other day I fed a whole minimal techno track into Virtual ANS and it came out really good. What suffers most is the bass as it easily break up.
This you can print and as size do not matter as long as someone can keep the top and bottom lines visible on the camera screen. So everything from a wall to small messages on small pieces of paper.
It could be nice to do some pieces of music to hang in different places even though very few people for some time to come will know what it is.
So you can record sound but not take photographs and you can not import images or sound so the best way to be more flexible in creating prints is of course with Virtual ANS that import any image or soundfile. Print them from Virtual ANS and play them with PhotoSounder. But like said you can also create any visual file and use any size that the camera can take in.
As a parent I am looking forward to print out some paper with the lines in place and feed them to my daughter of four years that have a older phone that runs Android 2.3.3 but enough for PhonoPaper and see if she gets hooked on drawing sounds?
Okay what can I say for me this is more Mr Nightradio Magick. The third in a bout a year!
First Pixivisor then Virtual ANS and now PhonoPaper.
It is accessible, for free (totally self contained, no internet or permissions) and there is endless creative possibilities opening up with something that could be dismissed if someone has a very short attention span.
Look at the videos and test it out. I know there is some people that is going to dismiss it but there is going to be some that like me is going to be very excited and hopefully push this concept further as it has the flavor of something that can push limits not foreseeable.
Here is a simple template if you feel like drawing painting lines instead of printing them.
Here is some videos:
There was some negative comments but there has been some updates already fixing it.
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