Experience archive #12 : An Instrument for the Sonification of Everyday Things

This is nuts, and REALLY smart. It rotates everyday objects, scans their surfaces and transforms them into musical notation. Their silhouettes define the loops, melodies and rhythms. 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 custom programmed translator and controller module, written in processing, transforms the measured distance values into audible frequencies, notes, and scales. It also precisely controlls the stepper-motor’s speed to sync with other instruments and musicians.