Voice of Sisyphus: an image sonification multimedia installation
McGee, Ryan Michael
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Voice of Sisyphus is a multimedia installation consisting of a projection of a black and white image sonified and spatialized through a 4 channel audio system. The audio-visual composition unfolds as several regions within the image are filtered, subdivided, and repositioned over time. Unlike the spectrograph approach used by most graphical synthesis programs, our synthesis technique is derived from raster scanning of pixel data. We innovate upon previous raster scanning image to sound techniques by adding frequency domain filters, polyphony within a single image, sound spatialization, and complete external control via network messaging. We discuss the custom software used to realize the project as well as the process of composing a multimodal artwork.