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Sound Painting

Oil or other medium painting on canvas of a waveform that you point your smart phone at to hear.
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This would require development of a skill I'm not sure humans are capable of, painting wave forms that can be played back using an iPhone app.

If somebody, after years of practice could even paint a single word, this would be amazing, and as you can see by the examples given, they can be quite pretty too.

No I don't see that you can scan the examples shown to hear them, it's just a representation that doesn't play back which seems odd. I know you can optically scan the grooves on a record to play them back so there's no barrier between graphically transcribed sound and an optically read playback mechanism.

But could a human learn such a skill? If somebody could actually paint the "word" YES to answer that question, even if it were a muddled, garbled, hard to understand mess, this would be an incredible achievement.

Visitors to the gallery would be given the downloadable app to play these back. If I did this I'd have positive and friendly words with nice messages. "Hi!" for starters. Could make the walk through form a little story.

doctorremulac3, Sep 19 2019

This, only painted without technical assistance. https://www.soundwavepic.com/
The artist just paints words from their memory. [doctorremulac3, Sep 19 2019]

Piet Mondrian https://en.wikipedi.../wiki/Piet_Mondrian
Strangely compelling [8th of 7, Sep 19 2019]

Kind of baked https://warmplace.ru/soft/phonopaper/
[pocmloc, Sep 26 2019]

Wikipedia: Phonautograph https://en.wikipedi.../wiki/Phonautograph
Earliest known device for recording sound. Recorded sound waves as scratches on sooty paper or glass, which could not be played back (and apparently nobody thought to want to do that at the time). They have since been converted into playable sound by scanning and digital processing. [notexactly, Sep 28 2019]


       <Wonders vaguely what one of Mondrian's non-representational abstracts might sound like/>
8th of 7, Sep 19 2019

       [8th of 7] I once downloaded (for WinXP) a program that would turn images into sound. X-axis is time, Y-axis is frequency; I forget if/how it used colour (whether RGB or HSV values...). If I can convince my old computer to start up, I'll find the name tonight.
Not as clever as this idea, of course.
neutrinos_shadow, Sep 19 2019

       If the sound was represented as a waveform, I'm not sure the resolution (of the painting and of the camera) would be sufficient for intelligibility. In the human voice, the lower frequencies carry tone, while the higher frequencies carry meaning. If it was represented as a spectrogram, you'd need both the frequency component (what is usually shown in spectrograms) and the phase component (the other output of the Fourier transform that's usually discarded) to reconstruct the original waveform.
notexactly, Sep 26 2019

       So could a human do this? Dhunno, but if they could, it would be something to see.
doctorremulac3, Sep 26 2019

       I love the examples of this. They are really quite pleasing to the eye. And I love your translation of the idea. So you get two buns for one. You genius, you.
blissmiss, Sep 28 2019


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