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sound of the eye

Aragorn23 is an experimental musician who creates algorithmic and movement-based compositions. His most recent project is called Sound of the Eye, a musical translation of the dynamics that make up the human eye.

If you send him an image of your eye, he’ll use features such as iris colour, pupil size, brightness and saturation to determine musical parameters, such as key, dynamic range, octave distribution and density, within a predefined spectrum. With a bit of added “randomness”, this data is combined in Supercollider, a programming language for musical composition. The end-result is a once-off piano composition, lathe cut onto vinyl. Because of the real-time nature of this process, a different variation can be cut onto each record – your eye composition is thus a unique piece of art.

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