Tune In, Tune Out

Jeffrey Ong, Laura Juo-Hsin Chen

Sounds from the surrounding environment translated into a sonic landscape.



“Tune In, Tune Out” is a website that uses your computer's on-board microphone, listens to the surrounding environmental sound, and translates it into a musical landscape.

An accompanying visualization appears on-screen, along with options to change the musical fundamentals (key, scale, mode) of the sounds.

So much effort and energy has gone into our attempts to “escape” our immediate sonic environment: conversations, distracting noises, baristas banging out old coffee grounds from the espresso press. (Some of us have gone to the extent of buying “noise canceling” headphones to drown out the surrounding chaos).

But there's no denying the need / desire to focus, and there's also no shortage of aural distractions living in New York City. “Tune In, Tune Out” offers an alternative to the music and tools we use to tune out the noise around us, channeling that very noise into a musical landscape.


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