Convert Your Images into Sound

Today I am going to give a quick how to tutorial on what I like to call ‘Image Sampling’ which is converting an image to sound and then editing the glitched mess into a track or playing it on its own. Converting an image will create sounds that many cannot make with standard synths adding a nice touch to any electronic production:

1. Download Audacity freeware. Operates for Mac, Windows, and Linux.

2. Convert the image into an uncompressed format such as .bmp or .tif. As jpgs are compressed data there’s always more chance of completely breaking a picture rather than glitching it. This can be done is photoshop or any other image editing software.

3. Open audacity go to File > Import > Raw data and choose your uncompressed image for glitching. Under encoding use either U-Law or A-Law but remember which one you picked. Using U/A law simply imports the data while bending or glitching the image. When you are finished click import!


4. Now press play and listen to your creation!

What you are seeing is the image data displayed as a sound file. From here you can play around with different effects to tweak and edit your glitchy goodness.

5. When you are done, simply go to File > Export and choose AIFF (Mac) or WAV (Windows) then export into a folder you will remember.

6. More advanced steps from this stage include importing your new glitched sample into a sound editor such as Garage Band (Mac free), Ableton (Paid), Fruity Loops (Paid) and creating a track from it. Here is an example of what can be done with adding a drum beat and a synth sound:

Have fun glitching!