Francesco Gagliardi


Lissajous is a real-time audio reactive graphics application (available for MaxForLive) and inspired by the work of Jules Antoine Lissajous.
The media project is born with the purpose of investigating the relationship between sound and vision, chaos and order, closely related to astronomy, mathematics & physics. It explores the field of harmony and disorder and let the user dip into an elegant, dreamlike, minimalistic yet chaotic space which reflects the complex rules of the universe in all its abstract beauty.
The software shows sound oscillations as XY matrix functions and creates complex graphics curves. Lissajous graphically describes sound and allow observation of constantly varying signal voltage of two audio signals as function of time. Video generated by sound can be controlled in endless ways by giving to the user the possibility of a whole-new range of interactions.

The project aims to conceive sound out of data, it analyses the binary content of any kind of data and converts it into and audible file. Soundify Raw Data is an early experiment involving Different Data Storage devices and Encoding Methods to analyse and display raw data informations as audible sources. A dark, laboratory-like room hosts a conglomeration of common and unusual data storage devices such as Floppy, CD/DVD, USB sticks, DAT and DLT. Visitors can test how previously prepared devices sound like or even soundify their own!! Once a device is introduced in the machine a shell script is automatically launched generating a corresponding audio result out of the data informations stored within it. Such audio contents have not been modified with any program.

Shell Script

The script used on this project is based on two command line utilities capable to convert any raw information into an audible file: od and sox. od is used to read the data informations from a document, an external hd or CD, DVD, Floppy, USB Stick and save those informations inside a text file. SoX reads inside this file to codify those data informations as an audio file content.
USB stick

Floppy Disk

Nintendo - Snes ROM