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January 26, 2015 AT 1:00 pm

Zsanett Szirmay turns cross-stitch patterns into musical scores #MusicMonday

Dezeen posted a story on a recent project from Zsanett Szirmay, in which she transforms Eastern European embroidery patterns into melodies for music boxes using a laser cutting machine. The result is a set of etherial and transfixing tunes, reminiscent of lazy childhood Sundays spent exploring semi-dilapidated treasures in the far corners of your grandmother’s attic (or something like that).

For her Soundweaving project, Szirmay used a laser-cutting machine to create holes along lengths of fabric, forming patterns that mimic old textile motifs from parts of eastern Europe.

The strips of material serve as bands for the music box, translating the patterns into melodies. The punchcards are forced past the 20 teeth of a comb inside the metal music box using a series of cogwheels and a manual crank. When each tooth is caught and released by a corresponding hole, it creates a different musical note.

Sound Weaving by Zsanett Sziarmay dezeen SQ01

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