Turning a Photo into Sound. . .

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by Soundburst, Feb 20, 2009.

  1. Soundburst macrumors 6502a

    Oct 4, 2006
    I know that to make a spectrogram-like image of a photo I need to convert my photo to sound. . .and then analyse it creating a spectrogram.

    I have Pro Tools and Logic 8 - do either of these convert photo's to sound?

    I really want an image of this type for my website and would be really appreciative if someone could point me in the way for a free app to get this done.

    Thanks alot.
  2. ergdegdeg Moderator emeritus


    Oct 13, 2007
    I have no experience in this field, but I found this free app: Sound of an Image. Since it's free, trying it out won't hurt ;)
  3. CalumC macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2008
    Leeds, UK
    Aaronon: can i ask if theres any particular reason you're doing this. I was thinking about working on something along these lines.
  4. jlwillia macrumors regular

    Jun 28, 2007
    There is a much easier way of doing this....

    Try dropping acid. You will be able to hear all your pictures, smell sounds, and feel colors. You should probably watch Alice in Wonderland at the same time, I hear it's fantastic.

    Sorry, I didn't mean to hijack your thread, but the title really made me think of some hippies in the 70's experimenting with LSD. On that note, I think I'm going to listen to Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
  5. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    No, you can do it is one step. Learn about the Fourier transform. You can compute the 2D spectrum directly from the image. This is not something new either, it's like 200 year old math and it used in more places then you could ever count, from to radars to electric guitar amps

  6. ashjamben macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2007
    Shanghai, China
    get the image file and rename it, and simply put a .wav, .mp3, .aiff, etc and click save. this will now save the file as that file type, you'll notice the icon change to an itunes logo (if that's your default to open audio files)

    you can then import this into logic or pro tools, i personally use audacity for this kind of thing as it has many more functions, including a spectrogram feature which is what you wanted. simply import the file into audacity as raw data. then select that track and choose from the top 'analyze' then 'plot spectrum'
  7. Soundburst thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 4, 2006
    Hey. . . I tried all those suggestions but none worked. :D

    As for fourier transform (I studied it thoroughly last year for my degree) and I understand this is how I could go about it.

    I just wanted a short cut to get the image. As I thought it would look better than having an image of myself on my web page.

    Thanks anyway all.

    I will be able to do it in Uni with more expensive software.
  8. ashjamben macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2007
    Shanghai, China
    i think you need to try my way again, because it definitely works. for one, i've just done this myself at university and secondly i've just tried this method again and it worked fine.
  9. wannabeafrog macrumors newbie

    Mar 24, 2012

    Look for Metasynth software, it'll do it for you, thats how Aphex twin did it actually. Hope this helps

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