Tuesday, February 22, 2011


I built a color/sound wheel using cocoa for artists. Basically, I'm telling the cursor to log the rgb data that it's hovering over and then trigger samples I've loaded into the resources folder based on whatever color data is logged. 

The ultimate goal is to allow the user to record their own sounds and place them where they feel fit, but for now I'll be playing with my own soundfiles.   

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

in relation to

In a current project of mine I'm trying to develop an interactive color wheel that produces sound based on RGB color data. I'm also building a sound library of different tones and effects that I hope to incorporate into some of the wheels. I think that due to the subjectiveness of a sound - emotion relationship, I may try to enable the viewer to upload their own sounds into each wheel to either prove or disprove a pattern in the relationship. I'll put up some samples soon...

Monday, February 7, 2011

Brainwave Entrainment

Today I've been reading about binaural beats, 

There is an exhausting amount of binaural beats, vibrations, harmonics and frequencies out there created by numerous people & companies that claim that if you buy their CD it will help alter your mood, calm you down, put you to sleep, evoke lucid dreams, enhance memory & brain function, cure headaches, give you more energy, help you stop smoking, make you feel drunk, cause hallucinations, awaken intuition and increase telepathic communication, repair DNA (?), etc, etc. I've been listening to these on youtube all afternoon and one thing I've noticed is that overused ethnic/tribal horns can become quite distracting when trying to repair DNA. There are some nice "Solfeggio frequencies" that i don't mind. Apparently these are based off of ancient Gregorian chants which were believed to bestow spiritual blessings when sung in harmony. There are six different frequencies, each with a different purpose. 

Perhaps if I were to get more involved in one specific practice; i could read all the research that's been put into their product, where and with who it was done and really give it a justified attempt, but for now I'll remain skeptical. There's explaining that there simply is no way to record or measure mind-consciousness. EEG will record brainwave activity and we can use drugs to alter our state of consciousness but there doesn't seem to be a way we can measure consciousness. I'm waiting on Dimasio's book yet, hopefully i'll gain some insight from it. Interested stuff nonetheless!