The software for creating and editing Tonesight projects is available free of charge at www.tonesight.com. It can be used by musicians and audio describers to quickly create Tonesight projects for any image, allowing them to choose music or sound files from a computer and attribute them to parts of a picture or photograph.
The projects can then be downloaded and activated on a computer containing the Tonesight Player software.
Meanwhile, the site’s ‘Preview’ option allows the user to trial a project at any stage, using the computer’s mouse to imitate the movement of the user’s hands in the gallery.
Step-by-step guide to creating a project:
What sort of sound files can be used? Ideally, a sound file would consist of a single track that is part of a multi-layered piece of music or soundscape. For example, the sound files could consist of separately saved (or ‘bounced’) layers of a track produced on sequencing software such as Logic, Pro Tools or Sibelius. Alternatively, it could be one of a number of relevant sound files recorded through a voice/audio recorder or sound editing software such as Audacity. PLEASE NOTE: the preferred format of the sound files is mp4 or Wav files. MP3 files do not work in the current version of the program. Sound files must not exceed 10MB in size. For longer sounds please choose ‘MP4’ when exporting from your audio software.
Previewing a project:
More functions for the Previewer:
To return to the editor, simply close the tab containing the Previewer.
Projects are saved automatically, provided that you are still connected to the internet. If the disk icon is dimmed (and therefore not clickable) your project has already been saved and will be accessible next time you log on to the site.
Using a project with the Machine
Please note, that order to activate the projects through movement (by using a Tonesight machine) the projects need to be downloaded and then reopened on a computer containing the full Tonesight software. To discuss obtaining the full software please email Richard Navarro-Pollott on the address below.
For Teachers/Project Leaders:
The website offers the possibility of composers joining an ‘institution’ through a given password. This is particularly useful for teachers who wish to monitor and give feedback on students’ compositions, or collaborators working jointly on a project. The teacher or project leader can be designated as an ‘institutional admin’, meaning that the students’ projects are made visible to them for previewing. For more information on joining the site as an institution please contact firstname.lastname@example.org