This week was about introduction to processing and the objective was to create a sound machine that interacted with its environment and linked to a network. Pulling inspiration from the techniques from a pianola and an organ created an interesting metaphor for our project by reimagining the analog punch cards.

To create this we used two systems that worked together. By using one system to record the environmental input, the pitch data was recorded and converted into binary numbers. We went from a digital binary 8-bit into an analog pattern form for the punch charts which conceptually made sound physical.

The second system then read the punch chart through a connected web cam, and converted the analog data back into binary to produce a sound. Each hole represented the value of each bit which came from when the pitch value was converted into the binary number.

During the final presentations, some of the performances were recorded and played back through the sound machine as an abstract way of recreating environmental sound.