i just got hands on the audio part of a leftover cinema movie projector. complete with motor and laser unit (but excluding the optics and projection lamp).
i have no clue what to do with it right now, but i remember seeing a website tim prebble linked in his blog... with different optical audio systems, like the oramics machine, and many more (using spinning discs mostly).
i consider painting a blanko filmstrip and see what happens. or i might invest the money and let some of my music copied to 35mm filmstrip. maybe using the machine during a live performance, pulling the film by hand through the machine... (unfortunately no live performances could be arranged lately...)
has anyone worked with such a machine or is - like me - in general interested in optical sound reproduction?
from an academical/engineering and also a philosophical point of view i'm somewhat obsessed with optical sound reproduction.
the machine itself is as simple as fascinating. it's fine mechanics, with the robustness of an 1950s fuse box, but paired with high-tech laser (to accurately read the sound-track from the movie). for me, this is a clash of cultures, a 50 year spanning future shock, soon to be pushed out of business by digital projectors...