josh     Tue, May 8, 2007  Permanent link
hmnmm.... interesting idea. i used to take lots of polaroids myself.

stay tuned. space collective is launching a projects page soon. this would be an ideal place for you to explore, with the help of the collective, the boundaries of sound and sight.

p.s. i was looking forward to hearing the sound, but the mp3 did not load. you have to host the file somewhere until we get enough server space for that. then give the direct path to the file. not just "noisejunk03.mp3" but "" ... make sense?
necromelia;     Tue, May 8, 2007  Permanent link
mp3 up and noise-ing chek it....

I am excited about the future developments of space collective

if you have any Polaroids you can email them to :

we can make noise out of them if anyone would like to participate.

sserrato     Wed, May 9, 2007  Permanent link
that sound is out of control! i'd like to hear the raw sound. this site that you speak of would be a great project. people upload images, translate them to sound, manipulate them, share them. it would be interesting to create a string of sound, a sort of timeline for the experiment. where each entry gets archived in a sound bank and attached to the previous entry, chronologically...

hmmm. you got my mind on a good one...

meganmay     Thu, May 10, 2007  Permanent link
aweomse, and defnintely down with the national anthem idea. maybe in addition, poloroid nation can be a visualization of internation.

i dont' have a poloroid...perhaps we'll have to invest in one, or maybe i can make drawings of poloroids that i would have taken had i one, or maybe the drawings should be of things i could only capture from brain to hand....whats thinks je?
necromelia;     Thu, May 10, 2007  Permanent link
Polaroid cameras are commonly found in the thrift stores from 2$-5$....

The only expensive part is film, unfortunately. We can make music out of pretty much any img file you would like to use. I am choosing to go with Polaroids in this project because:

Polaroids are unique to digital and manual photography in that everyone can point and shoot, but also they are "moment catchers"... meaning because you don't have a negative for the Polaroid; therefore, cannot make copies, that is the only picture of that particular moment in space time that will ever exist. Yea, maybe thats a pretty fantastic voyage into meaning but i like it.

Also, for the purposes of artful communication, i chose Polaroids because of the convenient white space for blurbologist to go at it.

If you are down and don't know where to get a polaroid camera YOU ARE IN LUCK,
Believe or not, (i'm guessing you will believe it considering i posted this whole polaroid fanaticism), I collect Polaroid cameras and can fedex to you (reimbursement for shipping and camera may be needed)..

so yea, like i said, i want everyone in on it. Love the idea of having it be a ongoing timeline of noises by the way!

I was thinking it would be neat to have a sound manipulation instrument/program online so people can create noises and music together as they logon... i dont know even know if that is possible, but it should be.
josh     Thu, May 10, 2007  Permanent link
hmm... let us see what we can do about this. very exciting possibilities abound.

the software that is used to convert sound to image - mac, or pc? think there is a chance The Collective ™ could get a hold of a copy?

let see what we can do...
ellysau     Fri, May 11, 2007  Permanent link
friggin awesome. i too like the timeline idea...this project in general ties in so well with some of the main themes of space collective, it's such a uniquely creative and ongoing type of documentation, and seems like it can include many different paths of's definitely good
Flipull     Mon, May 14, 2007  Permanent link
The program I used to load the image file (and many other files such as executable binaries) as raw PCM data is called Renoise. It's not primarily a file-funking application — oddly, it's actually a tracker — but the built-in sampler is so thorough that I had to play around.

If anybody wants to try it out, Renoise is shareware and available for Windows XP and OS X. All features are indefinitely available for free, except the option to render musical sequences to Wave (which is not needed for this file-conversion process).

The trick to getting the right sound out of the image (or whatever file) lies in choosing the right loading options (byte size; signed vs. unsigned; sample rate; etc.). You'll see. Also, if you're using an image, don't forget that cropping the white border out of the Polaroid will have a big impact on the outcome. I cropped it out for a more uniform sound with slightly less buzzing. You can also alter the color/brightness/contrast to affect volume and timbre.

Extra thanks to my dear buddy Necromelia for taking the photos, sending them in the mail, and suggesting the transformation!

Edit: One more thing — there are many image file formats. I had the most success converting uncompressed formats like .bmp (Windows bitmap).
Xarene     Sun, May 27, 2007  Permanent link
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