Bernd Lintermann, Manfred Hauffen, Peter Weibel
Photo © ZKM | Karlsruhe, photo: Bernd Lintermann

Bernd Lintermann
*1967 in Düsseldorf (DE), lives and works in Karlsruhe (DE)

Manfred Hauffen
*1956 in Karlsruhe (DE), lives and works in Karlsruhe

Peter Weibel
*1944 in Odessa (UA), lives and works in Karlsruhe (DE)

2013, iOS app for iPad


»SynSeeThis« is an app for iOS, which was created for the performance »The Origin of Noise – The Noise of Origin« by Peter Weibel for the Donaufestival 2013 in Krems, Austria. The app is a visual musical instrument, which generates a feedback loop of images and sound.

For the installation in »Open Codes«, an iPad is fixed to a mount. If a page from the book included in the installation is placed in the visual range of the iPad’s built-in camera, the image recorded by the camera is transformed into sounds. The pages of the book show various visual patterns, which all generate specific sounds. For the concert in 2013 software was also used, which reconverts the created sounds into images by utilizing the Fourier transform, and these are again visually recorded by the app and transformed into sound. Thus a feedback-loop of data transformation is created through the modalities of image and sound. Additionally, the camera picture is interpreted spatially as a by-product and projected as a stereoscopic 3-D projection above the protagonist of the performance, Peter Weibel. With the app, he interpreted the visual music score on the stage.


Idea, conception, software: Bernd Lintermann
Performance: Peter Weibel
Technical support: Manfred Hauffen
Sound: Manfred Hauffen, Hartmut Bruckner
Production: ZKM | Institute for Visual Media