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.