Revealed: the images behind the sounds of the outside world.

In a previous blog I presented two sound files created from images of the outside world. Jane carried out a live version of the blog experiment and presented the recording in another blog, too. Each was transformed into sound using The vOICe — a sensory substitution device invented by Dr Peter Meijer to turn images into sound so that we can see with our ears. I wanted to find out what sort of immediate response a person has to the sounds first, with very little information, and then with a hint of the underlying images to explore any correspondence one might have between what is heard and what it represents. The experiment is not over!  Before I asked which sound was preferred. I would like sighted readers of the blog to view each series of images, shown in the videos here, and in the comments please state which one your prefer visually: OA or ON?

The OA video and sound stands for “Outside Artificial”. These three images were taken as I walked up a set of stairs to the library at the University of Bath. The steps are painted white at the edges to aid sighted pedestrians. The final image has the first glimpse of the library appearing at the top of the image.

The ON video stands for “Outside Natural”. These images are all very similar and were taken as I walked by a field on a hill surrounding the Bath city centre. In each there is a bright section of sky at the very top of each image. Below that are dark trees and mostly grass that fills the rest of the image below the sky.

Look back at your comments on the earlier blog, and see how your first impressions compare with what you know now:

Don’t forget to comment below!

vOICeOA = Outside Artificial

vOICeON = Outside Natural

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