Hearing Pictures with Synthia - FITC
FITC San Francisco 2010
  • 2010-08-17 00:00:00 2010-08-19 00:00:00 America/Toronto FITC San Francisco 2010 San Francisco FITC
  • San Francisco



Synthia hears pictures. She turns any picture into music – an infinite classical canon. She is the first publicly usable musical instrument to emerge from Project Ludi, a long-term skunkworks project at Almer/Blank Labs.

In this presentation, R will describe the process he followed to create Synthia: how he chose this specific challenge, the individual steps he took along this path, and the various sources of inspiration on which he drew when completing Synthia.

Starting with the 1943 Hermann Hesse novel ‘The Glass Bead Game’, R will proceed through a discussion of synesthesia, the aural illusions of Professor Diana Deutsch, the Experiments in Musical Intelligence by Professor David Cope, the music of Tamarin Monkeys, and many other stepping points. R will walk attendees through the thought process required to assume an odd endeavor such as the translation of pictures into music.

Stoners, acid-freaks, and shroomies. Fans of Oxycontin should stay away, as the information in this talk will likely cause long-term damage.