The science of archaeoacoustics investigates sound stored in an artifact via vibration at the time of manufacture.


My idea, to unlock the sound of a photo, is not that different. I do not assume that the sound I get as a result is the sound of the object in the photo. It represents an aural reproduction of the image itself. The image then becomes a new reality and starting point.


To get the sound I export every line of pixels from an image. Then I convert those files into a sound file to which I assign a musical instrument: guitars, drums, piano. This results in a kind of minimalist music. Thirty cloud photos have now been converted to sound. The software I am using shows the sound in blocks that resemble digital clouds. As an experiment, I punched this out of paper with a laser cutting machine to play it with a music box.


For this project I use again photos of clouds most of the times.


I started experimenting with sound and a visual representation. One of the things I  used is the great app:  phonopaper.


Line by line each image is exported to be saved as a RAW file and opened in RAW f files supporting sound software. From there it is saved to be a MIDI file so that an musical instrument could be attached/chosen; hear the sound of the image.

An early attempted with an image of the see.


Laser cutting clouds in paper strokes that fit into a music box

Example of the resulting sound

Strokes made out of printed images

Example of the resulting sound