Making music with lasers in an experimental project


Optonoise, a project started by Stan Lewry uses lasers, solar panels with intermediary materials and mechanisms to create unique music.

Having been demonstrated in the Tate Modern, this project combines science, art and music together. Lewry describes this as a collaborative project, open to working with other creatives from all sides.

Lasers, spinning disks, plastic beads, solar panels and even sugar crystals are used to create unusual effects on the eye and ear.

Coming from a background where Lewry fixed computers for a living, his project Optonoise is described as a way for us to dive away from our growing digital culture, towards a more mechanical world.

Video of the Tate Modern exhibit

This is an unconventional way of using synth sound, as most modern-day synthesisers are generated and produced using audio software tools and digital audio workstations (DAWs).

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Audio sample - 'Whale Wisdom'

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