We like to push the outer envelope of music technology geekdom. But what if you’re also an obsessed web geek? Then you start playing the data encoded in a Website design like nytimes.com as a musical instrument.
How does it work? Get prepared for some Web technospeak, kids!
When the patch starts, the browser enters a DOM inspection mode and mousing over a DOM element highlights the node. Clicking on a node writes the element’s data (its innerHTML value if it’s a text element or the binary data if it’s an image) as a sound file and the file is then loaded in a quicktime player in the patch. The sounds can then be triggered using OSC messages.
Hey, where’d everyone go?
If DOM models don’t exactly get your pulse racing, here’s a strange and elegant physics-based sequencer hooked up to Reaktor. Fans of Processing, that environment is also capable of similar stuff; this is even modeled on the Processing-compatible traer physics library.
Ready to get going with this yourself? Lily is now in public beta, ready to run for free on Mac, Windows, or Linux. Browser not included.