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Ever Listened to a Picture?

I’m usually a modest person, but I don’t mind telling you that I am using the most amazing and innovative audio editing software on the market, and I know what I’m doing. There. I’ve said it.

So just what can I do with the most amazing audio tools money can buy, and all the talents and skills money could never buy? You’re going to think I’m lying, but I’m going to tell you anyway, because it’s just so cool.

Have you ever looked at a photograph or a graphic image, and wondered what it sounds like? Ever thought about sticking the latest collection of Christmas photos into your CD player, and listening to them? See, I told you you’d think I was crazy or something.

But that’s just what I’ve been doing. It’s the most innovative idea I’ve seen come along in quite some time. The visual world has been creeping into audio tools for a long time, with some amazing spectral analysis, phase alignment and waveform editing tools, and there have even been some impressive visual interfaces for effects processors. But to use Photoshop to tweak an image, then import it right across to Audition and listen to it, well, it’s all that and a bag of fries.

Granted, it took a little playing around to understand just what is happening, and a little more time to put together some playable, useful (musical, even) images, but at last I feel like I’m on to a new way of sound-smithing that promises to finally be intuitive.

This isn’t a how-to post. I just wanted to show off, so, without further comment and for your listening pleasure, I give you a nice little pad, and the image that created it. Feel free to download the CD-quality .WAV file and use it, if you have a use for it. Just shoot me an email, and let me know how it was used.

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