Non Linear Sonification

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3 posts since 24 Oct, 2022

Post Thu Feb 16, 2023 5:50 am

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It would be Amazing to have multiple reading options other than just left to right.
For example, in a circle, like this (

Or even, also in a circle, but from inside out
Or, even as a spiral with diffrent -customizable-ratios (for example a 1.61803398875 Phi Spiral)

This reading ways, in my opinion, more naturally resamble reality, since everything grows from center out but never from left to right.

I am so aligned to this update, that I would even pay for it.
Almost hired a programer to do a diffrent vst but I thought: Why not to just ask for an update in the existant program? It makes so much more sense.

Please let me know (if you are up for it) if I can help accelerate this process with some $ exhange.
I'm currently working on some project that this feature will just sky-rocket.


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473 posts since 18 Aug, 2006 from Italy

Post Thu Feb 16, 2023 6:09 am

I agree. Even if I usually employ Photosounder starting from real sounds, to work on sonograms and do some plain audio elaborations, I agree.

It would be very interesting for those who use Photosounder for the "sonification" of images, that is to translate in some way the beauty of some forms from an image to a sound. I myself have done that many times (for instance, I used extensively sounds coming from images of leaves, in a piece of mine).
In this use case, different reading options would reflect the different ways we have to "read" images with our eyes: when watching the front image of a flower, for example, our eyes read it from the center outwards (from inside out). Or a galaxy viewed in a circle, as you say, or a snail shell viewed by following a spiral trajectory. So, yes, I agree, it would be very useful.

I guess that Photosounder as a pure audio tool for sonograms (from audio files, to achieve stretching, morphing, vocoding, cleaning, smearing or mixing sounds) or Photosounder as a tool for the sonification of images (from photos or graphs) are two quite different ideas, inspiring different views about how the software could evolve in the future (for example: for the sonification of images, coupling it with resonators tuned by the user to precise scales, pitches or chords would be useful, as we see in other softwares).

1042 posts since 6 May, 2008 from Poland

Post Fri Feb 17, 2023 8:33 am

I won't do it, but keep in mind that in a way, it's up to you to produce the spectrogram you want. If you want to go through an image radially you can use something like Photoshop/Photopea's Filter > Distort > Polar Coordinates...
Developer of Photosounder (a spectral editor/synth), SplineEQ and Spiral

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