Musicbox

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Project developed by: Barbara Bartos.


Issued from the course: Summer school in physical and wearable computing with Arduino.


This project explores the idea that an image has its own hidden melody, and conversely that a musical score can also carry visual meaning. Experimenting with a simple setup, I use a music box to play painted strips of paper that have been perforated according to the image.

Each painting/score is a visual and audible translation of a landscape that I’ve experienced directly. I take its unique features and translate them into images that can be listened to.

During SUPSI’s FabLab workshop I built a resonance box for the mechanical mechanism, made of laser-cut plywood. The overall design of the box was inspired by previous experiments done with cut patters that allow a rigid material to flex. This technique has generated the final form of the box, which I hoped to suggest an organic, flowing movement, going against the typical definition of a box. The laser-cut pattern allows for both flexibility, but also, as the cuts open during bending the entire surface becomes permeable to the passage of sound.

Documentation

Download DXF fileWeb site DIY: music box kit

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.Project developed by: Barbara Bartos.


Issued from the course: Summer school in physical and wearable computing with Arduino.


This project explores the idea that an image has its own hidden melody, and conversely that a musical score can also carry visual meaning. Experimenting with a simple setup, I use a music box to play painted strips of paper that have been perforated according to the image.

Each painting/score is a visual and audible translation of a landscape that I’ve experienced directly. I take its unique features and translate them into images that can be listened to.

During SUPSI’s FabLab workshop I built a resonance box for the mechanical mechanism, made of laser-cut plywood. The overall design of the box was inspired by previous experiments done with cut patters that allow a rigid material to flex. This technique has generated the final form of the box, which I hoped to suggest an organic, flowing movement, going against the typical definition of a box. The laser-cut pattern allows for both flexibility, but also, as the cuts open during bending the entire surface becomes permeable to the passage of sound.

Documentation

Download DXF fileWeb site DIY: music box kit