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read16bitmap12x24.bmp is a patcher that encodes a given image-file into a midi song.
Each color value is assigned to a note on a pentatonic scale. The image-input is then scanned from the top left to the bottom right with each pixel triggering its assigned midi note.
Virtually, while listening to the created composition, it would be possible to redraw the image file that was put in.

How was MAX used?

Max was used to output a melody in midi that was later used with Pro-Tools & Kontakt in a a short selfportrait. The finished piece also has a short pretext explaining the algorythm, so that a listener could recreate the encrypted image.


Dec 22, 2011 at 8:44am

Hey man really like what you’ve done. Would it be possible to upload your patch? I would really like to play around with it and try and expand on what you’ve done. Thanks

Jan 8, 2012 at 9:34am

sure – let me know when you can put it to some good use.
the patcher
the sample image(16 colors)
it is in german (though fairly self explanatory), so if you got any question, feel free to ask..

Jun 8, 2012 at 2:43pm

Hey there, I’d love a crack at that patch for a project I’m working on, any chance you up reupload it?

Jun 15, 2012 at 3:13pm
Aug 15, 2012 at 2:04pm

hey! could you upload your patch again?
seems the old links are down
would be great to tweak some of that nice code…


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