I just came across this beautiful project where traditional embroidery patterns are translated into a melody.
Zsanett Szimay is currently studying at the Moholo-Nagy University in Budapest and created this highly interesting project.
She starts with Hungarian folk embroideries, which she turns into laser-cut textiles using some kind of binary system: hole or not hole. These patterns are then turned into punchcards. As the card goes through the music box, the metallic teeth are activated, releasing a musical note.
She collaborated with the musician Balint Tarkany-Kovacs to assign a note to each stitch. The resulting melodies are beautiful: some of them are available on the Soundweaving website with the matching pattern. It is quite stunning to hear some complex motifs turned into music.
I really like how Zsanett managed to re-interpret something very traditional such as embroidery to turn it into something new, stimulating both our visual and auditive senses.