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heather galaxy
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Sound Portrait by heather galaxy

July 29th, 2010 9:02 PM

INSTRUCTIONS: Create an audio file which sounds like you, without speaking.

For groups of people, an audio collaboration is encouraged.

So I had just been broken up with earlier in the week and my lovely friend Zach said "we should hang out!" He was like, "what do you want to do?" And I sent him to the SF0 page, and of course, he being an electronic music artist as soft pieces, we naturally set out to do this one.

Zach lovingly supplied equipment and ideas and let me know what to do with this or that do-hickey on his computer.

So first we took a picture! Then we looked at the histogram for this picture!

At this point I decided it'd be cool to match the sound to the histogram. So we created both a wave form that looked like the histogram and then I painstakingly drew lines on a print out of the histogram to corresponding notes and then entered them into the music program while Zach was making dinner for me and his wife (it was a delicious peanut stir-fry btw).

Trying to figure out what I would sound like, I figured I'd probably sound quite like how Pandora described my musical taste "minor key tonality" with "extensive vamping." I guess I think of myself as a little bit gothy, a little bit classical, and a heavy dose of weirdo. So let's see if this accomplishes this at all in that way!

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mapping the wave form to the histogram

mapping the wave form to the histogram



Looking at wave forms

Looking at wave forms

mapping the histogram to notes

mapping the histogram to notes

Histogram overlayed with notes

Histogram overlayed with notes

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8 comment(s)

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posted by Markov Walker on July 30th, 2010 12:57 AM

This is a neat idea. How did you get a histogram from the image? IE, what is being binned in that histogram? Is it number of pixels with colors in a range of wavelengths?

This suggests another neat idea. Render an image of yourself in black and white, and then create a sound whose spetrogram reproduces that image. I'd really like to see someone try this.

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posted by heather galaxy on July 30th, 2010 7:40 AM

So basically Zach took the photo of me on my phone, I mailed it to him, we put it in Photoshop. We color corrected it a bit and then got the histogram you see there! We then screencaptured, cropped, and printed it out.

But anyway, it's just the density of color (RGB as is shows there)... I'm not sure how exactly it's plotted, but it's probably something like what you suggested (my computer image program knowledge is very small... someone with more knowledge jump in), but that's what we got after the color correcting. It was totally smooth before we corrected it, but the manipulation created the nice modulations. At first we were thinking how color and sound waves could look exactly the same, but all of a sudden I saw it as notes and this is what happened!

I basically then just picked a random place to plot C4 and then went at all the coding.

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posted by Markov Walker on July 30th, 2010 11:22 AM

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posted by Spidere on July 30th, 2010 2:41 AM

Until this went up, I wasn't sure I'd ever see a completion of this I really liked. :)

Also: Heather Galaxy! It's exciting to see you on SF0 again!

posted by heather galaxy on July 30th, 2010 7:30 AM

You compliment me so!!! :)

Thanks! It's exciting for me to be back! :)

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posted by Julian Muffinbot on July 30th, 2010 7:54 AM

I think it does sound like you! Or at least, it sounds like an aspect of you.

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posted by Lincøln on August 2nd, 2010 9:02 PM


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posted by Kevlar Moonraven on September 7th, 2010 9:50 PM

I was thinking of doing something like this.
It sounds a lot better than I'd assumed it would!