This Scrolling Storybook is Also Playing Its Own Fantastic Soundtrack

By Andrew Liszewski on at

The stories Mari Lesteberg tells won’t put her on the New York Times’ bestseller list, but that doesn’t make them any less fantastic. Watching her simple side-scrolling tale of a little girl venturing into a dark cave isn’t terribly exciting, until you realise the artwork is actually playing the accompanying soundtrack using the tiny piano on the far left.

Mari uses a software tool called MIDI — short for Musical Instrument Digital Interface — that allows electronic instruments like synthesisers and drum machines to be controlled from a computer. That’s a simplified explanation of the technology, but what you’re seeing here is a visual representation of all the triggers playing the various piano notes, also arranged to form recognisable images, which is incredibly tricky to while still creating a great piece of music. [YouTube via BoingBoing]