Tootoom is starting to become real, after tons of books, real world experiments, spending hard days and dawns where everything seemed at our fingertips. We tried to discover in the most direct way how the sound is shaped, and we did it by performing experiments with the the physic of sound, experiments that required a recording studio and thousands of watts.
Nearly nothing worked as planned but, “with sixty seconds’ worth of distance run”, we peeked at what bonds sound and shape inside Nature. And we made it ours. We rewrote that into an algorithm, distilled trough months. Now we need to find developers skilled enough to implement it. It will be a never seen before challenge: to represent words by using universal codes and to teach a machine how to do it.
Many people during these years undertook this challenge. Some for years, some for weeks. We shared successes and failures with them. Together with them we overcome limits: theirs, ours, and the project’s ones. No one saw it as a job: it was a challenge to push the limits of research and dream. What bonded together all the people we met was Tootoom’s ability to involve anyone in its challenges, making it everyone’s challenges. It always dared us.
I’ve always found difficult to explain what Tootoom is and what we are aiming for.
You should make yourself comfortable and forget about time, for one moment. You should be ready to focus on listening. How, otherwise, could you explain that you’re trying to create an universal language? What does it meam, today? It’s not about words, at least not about how they are written. It’s about their significance, for anyone of us. Words are not just lines of letters: they have colors, shapes and sounds… and we found out the most natural way to portray them.
They are beautiful.
It’s not about the graphic representation, neither about the esthetic. While esthetic is pivotal in any kind of language, it never exists for its own sake. Harmony, rules, styles and symbols cross their ways following a cosmic order whose musicality goes beyond their meanings. Tootoom drive our senses toward listening our words. Any of these words is a Mandala, beautiful and unique.
Tootoom’s first sparkle is silently waiting downstairs, inside the server we set up.
We made it. It took longer than expected, but the algorithm is there. And it’s working.