Hearing Pictures with Synthia - FITC
FITC Toronto 2010
DesignDevInspire
  • 2010-04-25 00:00:00 2010-04-27 00:00:00 America/Toronto FITC Toronto 2010 Toronto FITC
  • Toronto

Presentation

Overview

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 talk, R describes 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 R drew when completing Synthia.

Using the 1943 Hermann Hesse novel, ‘The Glass Bead Game’, as a starting point, and proceeding through a discussion of synesthesia, theaural 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.

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