using text files to generate sound?

Jan 4, 2009 at 1:35pm

using text files to generate sound?

looking for some really noisy stuff..

have someone tried to map text file to a sound-map?
any examples or ideas to share? i will appreciate every help.

thanks

#41546
Jan 4, 2009 at 1:39pm

what’s the idea? to me it seems, that the mapping makes the noise, not the text file. jrp

#147999
Jan 4, 2009 at 1:51pm

One of the fun things we used to do in the Olden Days is to play
executable files as soundfiles. They are indeed “really noisy
stuff”. You can do this by using something like SoundHack or Amadeus
to put a soundfile header onto a ‘raw’ data file. On OSX, /
mach_kernel seems an interesting candidate…

brad

http://music.columbia.edu/~brad

NOTE: be sure to do this on a *copy* of the executables! A /
mach_kernel with a soundfile header overwritten onto it will not make
for a happy Mac.

On Jan 4, 2009, at 8:35 AM, i.te wrote:

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> looking for some really noisy stuff..
>
> have someone tried to map text file to a sound-map?
> any examples or ideas to share? i will appreciate every help.
>
>
> thanks
>
>

#148000
Jan 4, 2009 at 1:53pm

bradford, isn’t soundhack os 9 only? would be great to see it on os x, too. used it ten years ago a lot, ideal conversion tool for soundfiles…

jrp

#148001
Jan 4, 2009 at 2:01pm

Happy news for you! Tom has indeed kept Soundhack up-to-date, in fact
you can get a UB version here:

http://www.soundhack.com/freeware.php

brad

http://music.columbia.edu/~brad

On Jan 4, 2009, at 8:53 AM, jayrope wrote:

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> bard isn’t soundhack os 9 only? would be great to see it on os x,
> too. used it ten years ago a lot, ideal conversion tool for
> soundfiles…
>
> jrp
> –
> —
> fiction-induced heat
> today’s mood: musiciotic.
>

#148002
Jan 4, 2009 at 2:12pm

Tom Erbe, right. Very glad to have found this back again, some newer tools (like the spectralcompander) look very exciting! thanx a bunch, Bradford!

jrp

#148003
Jan 4, 2009 at 2:24pm

Soundhack is the right application for changing text files or whatever files into noisy sound files. i just opened the max463reference.pdf in soundhack and made it into 24bit aiff noise file in under 30 seconds. Very recommended.

thanx for the hint again, Bradford.

jrp

#148004
Jan 4, 2009 at 3:04pm

yes, that works! thanks a lot for the hint brad.

#148005
Jan 4, 2009 at 3:18pm

Just be careful — if you start hearing voices coming from these files
commanding you to do things, *don’t*.

brad

http://music.columbia.edu/~brad

On Jan 4, 2009, at 10:04 AM, i.te wrote:

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> yes, that works! thanks a lot for the hint brad.
>
>

#148006
Jan 4, 2009 at 3:33pm

Uhm isn’t that what it’s all about???? i thought, that’s why people do art? i was always interested in the voices, not the code, especially when really erm erm erm sleep deprivated!

[Wait, what's that voice here.....???? ...

.... erm ....]

[... chuckle ...]

[... Hello! ...]

jrp

#148007
Jan 5, 2009 at 1:29pm

openraw -> sfplay~

p

i.te wrote:
> looking for some really noisy stuff..
>
> have someone tried to map text file to a sound-map?
> any examples or ideas to share? i will appreciate every help.
>
>
> thanks
>
>
>
>

http://pure.test.at
http://www.myspace.com/pvre
http://www.heartchamberorchestra.org

http://www.trblnc.org

#148008
Jan 5, 2009 at 6:23pm

pure wrote:
> openraw -> sfplay~
>
>

what is openraw ?
I can’t find anything on maxobjects…

Ciao

#148009
Jan 5, 2009 at 6:37pm

oh my. carefully read the reference entry for sfplay~, please.
jrp

#148010
Jan 5, 2009 at 6:49pm

indeed, that’s neat =)

#148011
Jan 5, 2009 at 8:56pm

the opensource program audacity let’s you do this as well.

for something related – i saw a patch that read raw bytes, each bit in the byte corresponded to one of the 8 diatonic tones in a scale. 1 means play, 0 means don’t play. Cool way to make music out of any kind of computer information.

#148012
Jan 5, 2009 at 9:43pm

if you have further questions – i am always happy to help ;)

p

gusano wrote:
> indeed, that’s neat =)
>
>

http://pure.test.at
http://www.myspace.com/pvre
http://www.heartchamberorchestra.org

http://www.trblnc.org

#148013
Jan 6, 2009 at 8:11am

how about writing buffer with [peek~] from [text]?

#148014

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