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PhonoPaper Released!

Alexander Zolotov's latest app experiment, PhonoPaper, has been released on both iOS (Universal) and Android! This app combines the ultra low-tech of a phonograph, with the ultra weird-tech of VirtualANS, and dead tree pulp!

PhonoPaper iTunes Description:

PhonoPaper is:

  • format of graphical representation of the sound (music, human voice, etc.); in other words, it is the 2D audio barcode (by analogy with the QR-code);
  • real-time PhonoPaper-code reader (using the camera);
  • PhonoPaper-code generator (sound to image converter).

Key features:

  • PhonoPaper-code is analogue, so it is not so sensitive to different types of the image distortion (bad camera, dark picture, wrinkled paper, etc.); at least you will hear the "silhouette" of the original sound;
  • PhonoPaper does not require access to the network; its code is self-contained;
  • PhonoPaper-code can be played in real-time with hand-controlled speed and direction;
  • PhonoPaper-code can be drawn by hand (paper version of the Virtual ANS synth);
  • PhonoPaper is free!

Examples of usage:

  • voice messages (or pieces of music) on the billboards, posters, postcards, goods;
  • audio labels for phonorecords;
  • audio examples in some textbooks;
  • art-experiments;
  • learning the basics of the spectral music.

PhonoPaper is based on the Virtual ANS engine - it is a software simulator of the unique Russian synthesizer ANS. So if you want to make more complex PhonoPaper-codes - use the Virtual ANS.

Buy PhonoPaper on iTunes: Free (Really)

Buy PhonoPaper on GooglePlay: Free


I covered this in the latest VirtualANS update, which adds to support for printing out your VirtualANS creations. Check out that article for a demo video of playing music from paper. Here is another example, specifically using Phonopaper to record and then print a voice. Stick around to the end to see what happens when he crumples the page.

Reader Comments 4

Wow. What wonder. Thank you developer.

April 24, 2014  | person_outline sELF

yeah! thanks alex!

April 24, 2014  | person_outline anonymouse

So fun!!!! Thank you Alexander :)

April 24, 2014  | person_outline Marlene DeGrood

This is so cool, it's really nice work.

April 25, 2014  | person_outline Priit Pärle
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