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This began from a desire to be able to physically represent sound, specifically the sound of myself playing piano blindfolded, complete with curses, clomps on the piano, and general frustration.
This instructable will show you how to make any song or .wav file into a three-dimensional physical object that can be created with a mill, a 3D printer, or any other method you desire.  

(Note: a huge shout-out to Carlo Sammarco for the Rhino and Grasshopper instructions and defintions, and to Devon Henry for Frequency Amplitude Quantifier.)

Step 1: DCLabs Website

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Go to the wonderfully helpful website:

Scroll down to the section about Audio in Rhino, and download the .zip.
This .zip will contian a Rhino definition, a Grasshopper definition, a program called 'Frequency Amplitude Quantifier', and a .pdf with more detailed instructions about how to work all of them.
ideasxbj1 month ago

Hello there,
Hope somebody knows a way to fix this:
I got an error message after clicking the sound icon (i have selected a wav file). The error message just one line said "ad_mme:stopping due to error.

Has anybody encounter the same problem?
Thanks a lot!!

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akshatm11 months ago

1. Line 37: Function 'ParseLine' doesn't return a value on all code paths. A null reference exception could occur at run time when the result is used.

this is what i get on the grasshopper component .

how a i suppose to solve this ?

and there is another error in the component saying insufficient interpolation points for a curve.

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akshatm11 months ago

this is not working for me. i get these errors everytime i try to import the file . whats should i do now ? can u please help ? even by doing exactly how u have given the steps. when i open my file from the frequency amplifier. the text file created i open it in grasshopper. but the components show me many errors. the second component itself shows orange . and doesnt transfer the data collected . please help asap. i really need this for my architectue thesis

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josecapelo2 years ago
Nice Post!
foobear2 years ago
zomg this is the sweetest thing I've ever seen. You are the new ruler of the internet.