Belgian Design Collective Creates Optical Audio Record Made of Paper

Indianen, a Belgium-based art and design collective, have pioneered an optical audio record using screenprinting to design records at Frans Masereel Center, a center for printmaking in Kasterlee. Known as ‘Evil Eye,’ the records, which are cut on custom software that allows the artists to design and print black-and-white waveform patterns as PDFs, can be played on a standard turntable with the aid of a handheld electronic eye, a rudimentary device created from an LED and light sensor. As the paper record spins, it generates a series of musical notes, allowing users to play various tracks. The process and sounds created are truly unique. Pretty cool, eh? Watch both video clips below and see an amazing new way of creating paper records with unusual sounds.

Evil Eye first prototype test from tim K on Vimeo.

Evil Eye prototype test 2 from tim K on Vimeo.