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:
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.