An Instrument for the Sonification of Everday Things by Dennis P Paul

Published on September 27, 2012

He is an interaction designer. In his work he is concerned with the interaction and relation between humans and technology. In recent years his work has involved installations in public spaces, physical interfaces, and generative systems. With great passion he is researching the communicative, playful, narrative, and critical qualities of new and digital media. He strongly believes that technology must be something warm and emotional.

Talking about the work we want to show you… The surfaces of everyday objects are scanned and transformed into audible frequencies. Playing the Instrument is a mixture of practice, anticipation, and serendipity. A variety of everyday objects can be mounted into the instrument. The instrument was built from aluminum tubes, white POM, black acrylic glass, a high precision distance measuring laser (with the kind support of Micro-Epsilon), a stepper motor, and a few bits and bobs. A translator and controller module transforms the measured distance values into audible frequencies, notes, and scales. It also controlls the stepper-motor’s speed.

Dennis P Paul


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