[rumori] soundmosaic

From: Steev Hise (steevATdetritus.net)
Date: Tue May 29 2001 - 21:31:50 PDT

Tue, 29 May 2001 found Jim Carrico writing:

>speaking of grey areas, i've just stumbled across a
>project pertinent to this discussion, called Soundmosaic

>hilarious concept really - given a large enough sound library, and enough
>raw processing power, it should be possible to regenerate any piece of
>audio from fragments of other sounds.

wow. that is really really cool! it sounds really great. it
really is like the audio equivalent of those photomosaics.

conceptually it isn't quite that amazing, though, given the
nature of sound. Fourier showed us long ago that all sound
can be represented as the summation of many many sine waves
(this fact ended up being one of the foundations of digital
audio). so you don't need to make sounds out of samples, you
can go all the way to the extreme and make them out of pure
sine tones. the interesting thing is in the imperfection of
it. you wouldnt want to succeed at it perfectly, but hearing
the seams is really REALLY great.

of course this "atomic" way of looking at sound does bring
up some interesting hypothetical test cases in the area of
intellectual property. for example, can one own the
copyright on a single sample (1/44,100 of a second of
sound)? etc etc.

thanx for mentioning this, jim. i look forward to checking
that url again in a few months to see what other sounds
they've built....


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