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Reblogged Pierre Proske’s “Voiceprints”

voiceprints.jpgAn Australian digital artist is using his voice to design textiles. Pierre Proske has developed computer software that translates different frequencies in someone’s voice into spiral patterns, producing what he calls Voiceprints. Proske developed the software while doing his masters in art and technology at Sweden’s IT University of Goteborg.

He’s used the software to design a pattern inspired by elements of Japanese textiles, a design that appeals to him because of its simple repeated elements. “Computer code is very simple and minimalistic, you have these ones and zeros, so I thought it would be good to choose a very minimalistic textile as well.

The textile is made up of repeated spirals of more or less the same size in a particular dense and fairly regular arrangement. Proske then scanned one of the spirals into his computer as the basic element in his voiceprint design. Next he used the software to analyse the frequency profile of a short sample of a voice. “You might get a bunch of low frequencies and some high frequencies depending on what you say and how you say it,” he says.

The software translates the relative amounts of different frequencies of a particular sound into a particular layout of spirals of different sizes. Different voice sounds can create different layouts of the spirals, says Proske. He says the software could be used to generate patterns for textile and graphic design. “The idea is that it is actually meant to be quite accessible. Anybody could use their voice to generate these patterns.

Proske sees his research as a modern take on old technologies. “I’m kind of inspired by the connection of textiles and computers because they have a historical link that goes back to the automation of the loom in the 1800s,” he says. Proske says the same punched cardboard cards used to code for textile patterns were later used to program the first computers. [blogged by Regine on TWENTY1F]


Apr 25, 09:11
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  1. helen malchow:

    LOVE the idea and the connection to the human spirit. Inflection of the voice and that certain word/sounds have a visual content. Can I purchase the program? I teach high school students. Fine Arts is my passion and we get our kids into the best programs in the country. It would be fun to play with the symbolism of the visual element and the word in compositions the kids create. Not to mention using visual poetry created with the program This could also be infused to the work!!! WOW endless ideas. Can’t wait to hear from you . Thanks Helen malchow Tolland High School Tolland Ct.


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