phonoLapse is a free desktop app for Mac and Windows that lets you create audio time-lapses. For the 2010 Enterferenze New Art Festival I put together a little Time Lapse Phonography piece that followed me over the course of 24 hours (check the video below). I have been receiving emails from people wanting to create their own, and decided to work on a standalone version so you too can create some time-lapse phonography :-).

phonoLapse [MAC]
phonoLapse [WIN]

Please let me know if you have any issues.

In case you fancy making crazy long files, the max size of your final sound can be 7 minutes. Also, there’s always a chance it might bomb out after you’ve been recording for days (and that would be sad), so to be safe you can export every now and then and select “continue recording” in the popup.

I love seeing/hearing what you create with it, so swing me a link if you do something! It’s really exciting to see what people get up to with my apps!

26 Responses to “phonoLapse {+ software}”  

  1. 1 Jeff Chenault

    This is very cool. Thanks form sharing!!

  2. 2 Lauri Lehmuskenttä

    Does your application record only sound or is the image also included? If not, what is the best way to get a video recording too? I thought about doing this with my webtop.

  3. 3 Adrien Rebaudo
  4. 4 Andrew Spitz

    @ Lauri, in my video I was recording picture as well, but for this release I decided to focus on sound. Would be a lot of work to implement a medium quality video recorder when there are a ton of fantastic ones out there (not sure names, but I know there are).

    @Adrien, this is such a cool video! thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. 5 Christine

    am i missing something? it doesn’t seem to want to open wav files…am i needing something in conjunction with the programme? (MAx/MSP or something?)

  6. 6 Andrew Spitz

    Hi Christine, I’m not sure what you mean… Are you saying you’re trying to export the audio and having issues? Or import it into the programme? It’s not designed to import sounds and have it chopped up. You use your mic input to record the sound – like taking photos to create a timelapse rather than import a video to chop it up. You know what I mean?

  7. 7 Christine

    Hi Andrew,

    Aaah yes – thanks very much for your response – I thought I could open a pre-existing wav. file in the programme – but understand now what you are saying – thanks again for your rclarification 🙂

  8. 8 Webster

    very nice work
    how does your converter work ?

    best regards

  9. 9 Webster

    ok i get it ! 😉

  10. 10 Andrew Spitz

    glad you figured it out 🙂

  11. 11 Gary Regester

    Andrew – I am getting a pronounced “timpani” reverb bass sound at (between?) each . I have played with ramp time a bit from your default to zero and tried using “auto” and “on” in the crossfade. I get not change. What do I need to adjust?

    Details- line out from a tascam DR-07 mk2. subject- street traffic. 333 to 1000 ms slice between 2000 to 10000 ms time interval. to Windows XP.

    Perhaps there is an instruction piece I have not yet found.
    Can send clip if needed. Thank you for a wonderful idea and all the effort to back it up.

  12. 12 Andrew Spitz

    Hi Gary, sorry for the delayed response. I just finished up a big project and totally ignored my online life 🙂 I have no idea what may be causing that issue. Sorry. Did you try restart the app? And maybe go direct from the computer’s mic or change the sound card to see if that could be the cause? Let me know if you’re still having issues and I can look deeper into it.

  13. 13 Will Parker

    Great idea! Maybe you could use bonk~ or something threshold based so the sections never cut of an interesting sound?

  14. 14 Ben Gottesman

    Is there a way to load in a file (using a buffer in maxmsp?) instead of recording it directly into the phonoLapse interface?

  15. 15 Ben Gottesman

    Also, I would love to study your code within MAX MSP, which I am currently learning. Is this possible? It seems I am only able to use the finished project, but not able to open it within MAX.



  16. 16 Andrew Spitz

    Hi Ben, sorry there isn’t. It’s something I may have added if I had continued with it but haven’t. Regarding the code, I don’t have it handy. It’s been many years since I’ve made this and the patch is on a hard drive somewhere not easy to get. Sorry!

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