I recently received an email from my friend, Daniel Fishkin, with a link to his latest video project. His explanation was this:
"Recently, I've been working with some circuitry which converts light into sound. I moved to New York about 13 months ago, and one of the benefits of living in the concrete jungle is the multitude of lights here—there's so much to listen to. So, I went to the NYC hub of obnoxious light sources, Times Square, and listened to its, LED message screens, lit billboard displays, neon signage, police beacons, traffic, and street vendors. Normally, Times Square really disgusts me, but with the headphones on, it's like being in a playground. After a few trips, I went with a video camera, and attached the circuit to the camera. In this composition, you're listening to the sound of every light you see. As you point the camera, you're conducting your own symphony. I'm still pretty ambivalent about living here—this video is one of the ways I've made peace with it."
His video, WHAT YOU SEE is WHAT YOU HEAR, made me feel as though I was walking through Times Square inside an alien's brain. This type of alien just happens to convert light into sound, and it sounds amazing!