Computers allow us to routinely manipulate the physical world in ways that were unthinkable a few decades ago. Numbers on a spreadsheet drive decisions that run corporations, lines in a CAD program serve as the basis of a new building or bridge, word processors and layout programs translate into books, magazines and newspapers. Software also opens new doors of perception in the worlds of art and music — sometimes blurring the line between the two.
i2sm is a Windows based software that turns the pixels in photographs and art into music by translating the millions of colors on a screen into a 128 range of notes. The results range from random sounding dissonance that would make a dadaist proud, to amazingly harmonic mood pieces that might be found in the latest CD from a New Age musician.