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This gadget you see here is a supersensitive laser rangefinder. This is Dennis Paul's instrument for the Sonification of Everyday things. What does this do? Paul is able to translate, decode and produce a particular melody of a material object.

This motor can be programmed to spin at exact speeds, like 30 RPM (rounds per minute) which naturally maps to 120 BPM (beats per minute), and it's this precision that gives what could be a one-off art project functional legs as a viable musical machine.
Very fucking fascinating. "Sometimes it sounds as if it is trying to speak in a weird 'new aesthetic' way," Paul told FastCoDesign. [FastCoDesign, Dennis Paul]