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Dylan Romer's Video App Sonograph Is Perfect for "When You're Coming Down off a Roll"

Have you ever been like watching someone's mouth move and wonder what the words coming out would look like? Like if the sounds affected what you see, sort of like light does? No? Well, then you need to hit that bong harder, ya loser. 

Now, if your answer was the correct one, yes, then download Sonograph, and satisfy your trippy brain's desire. This new app is, according to Broward-bred creator, artist Dylan Romer's website, a "sound-driven video manipulation application." 

He's grasping, he says, "the ephemeral nature of sound. Trying to make it visible." Good luck, you say? Good job, is more like it. 



Filmed with Sonograph. Cool, right? 

Sonograph deals with noise, but his last downloadable creation, Time Piles, takes images from different moments you've filmed, and slaps 'em all over each other. "While Time Piles is more focused on playing with time," Romer explains, "this one is more about showing you something you can't see, which is sound." 

Romer told the HuffPo about Time Piles a year back when it was released, "The bigger idea behind it is that time doesn't exist. That we just are in the present. So, what the video does is takes moments and starts to pile them together so that a collection of moments that lead up to the present become one." 

With Sonograph, you control images by the volume and tone of the noises around you, rather than with any screen-touching. The sounds, as it turns out, are beautiful. 

And if software can be art, we believe this is it. Romer, who has his BFA from Florida International University and MFA from University of Florida, has used coding to create interactive works before. He believes, the "experience of using it is kind of like experiencing art... It's open enough that people are going to do things that I wasn't expecting with it." He's still expanding upon the features, and creating endless options with which the user can experiment while making their own videos. 


When asked what the best times to use Sonograph are, he laughs, "Maybe at the end of the night, when you're coming down off a roll. When you don't want Ultra to end." Definitely, he thinks it's good at a concert, "It becomes like a music video generator, in a way." And for those of you wholesome mind-trippers, it works out in nature, "with the birds chirping," he says. 

So whether you end up watching guitar licks warp the band on stage or bird songs shape the trees, Sonograph has the power and purpose to expand that funny organ in your noggin. 

Download Sonograph or Time Piles on iTunes.  

Here's an example of Time Piles. 


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Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine.
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