Pixound is here to stay. Pixound is a permanent musical manifestation of a fundamental fact in human physiology: our eyes interpret color as the "triadic stimulation" of our rods and cones (sensors) which are sensitive to subtle level changes of Red, Green and Blue (RGB). For example, we see purple because a certain number of Red and Blue sensors in the retina are reacting to the purple light striking it which is also lacking Green, thus the brain creates for us the sensation of vibrant purple. It is no coincidence that computer monitors, including the one you are viewing, use a similar system to "trick" our eyes into perceiving colors by varying the intensity of tiny red, green and blue pixels. It is important to note that pixound takes full advantage of other color models such as HSV and CMYK which can be used in a huge variety of ways to control musical content and the way it is presented to the audience. Pixound will be used by future vituosi to communicate a union of art and music for performances that will far exceed the emotional impact of non light-based music. It can be used today for entertainment and purposes of all sorts as listed above. Technically, pixound is a form of color audification.
Pixel + sound = pixound
To understand how pixound translates color information to music and the myriad possibilities thereof is worthy of an entire book (on the way) and first requires a bit of nomenclature to be introduced:
When the above elements come to bear on a particular image, the image becomes the pixound score and the instrument is the pixound device or software. The score and the instrument seem to unite. Pixound puts you in an environment where visual art, music and sound seamlessly merge.
As the viewer / performer moves a stylus through a digital image or a digital image moves under a fixed stylus, Pixound translates pixel color information into music or sound, instantly and continuously. It uses the various color methods as well as other graphic information within a picture to create the final output as sound and music.
This unique technology includes a fully integrated development system for encoding, extracting and controlling musical information in digital images of all kinds from still to live, full-screen video.
Good sounds = good pixound
We cannot overemphasize the importance of good sound quality in the enjoyment of pixound. Even the most brilliant song or symphony can be extremely annoying when heard through a tiny speaker with no bass or as "cheezy" midi tones on a computer a combination of the two being the worst. On the other end, pixound technology was first developed to drive real, music-grade synthesizers and samplers which are not generally as accessible. Once you've played pixound with a real midi setup, you'll get its true potential and have a wonderful experience to boot. In the mean time, make sure you get the most out of your computer sounds by playing through a speaker system that has good bass and check setting for 3-D and reverb on if you have them. If you are a musician and have a reverb unit, hooking it up to your computer will greatly improve the pixound experience. Those with more technical experience can also easily drive midi synthesizers with built-in midi translators that are part of both Apple's QuickTime and Windows' MediaPlayer. All you need is a midi interface which can be purchased at almost any music store or online.
You are now well on your way to becoming a pixologist. Once you have played a few thousand paintings and videos with a full MIDI setup, you will enter the leaugue of the priviledged few who have developed this technology and no doubt you will have many ideas as to how it can be used. Enjoy!