Seeing Sound, 2010

Created in collaboration with Karla Calderon, Jenine Durland, Chika Iijima and Nicholas Rubin

Seeing Sound is a three part interactive exhibition that demonstrates the physical properties of sound waves. Exhibited at the New York Hall of Science, the installation showcases 3 interactive ways to make the  invisible world of sound become visible.

Cymatics: (from Greek: “wave”) the study of visible sound and vibration, a subset of modal phenomena. For this installation, we mounted custom coated plates on to speakers and, through a custom interface, allowed participants to place materials such as sand and cereal on the plates, while controlling the pitch and amplitude .  The result is an interactive visualization of how the audio propagates through the plate to  push the materials into patterns.

Singing Bowls: Through the use of  Tibetan Singing Bowls containing a small amount of water,  we were able to convey show how sound created also creates waves within the water. The bowls also added a dimension of tactile reinforcement by allowing the participants to hold the bowl while making them "sing".

ClothWave: Speaking into a microphone triggers the movement of a rendered cloth to illustrate the properties of a sound wave in 3D space.  This was achieved through a custom program written in Processing.