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The beauty of Visualizing Sound

The visual results of scientific exploration can be absolutely beautiful.

Today, after watching this inspirational video talk on Cymatics, the process of visualizing sound, by Evan Grant. I was inspired to learn more. I did a search for artists and designers who are making sound a part of their aesthetic and what I found is just plain cool. I suspect there are many more working wtih sound out there, but here are a few to start:

Artist Katie Davies created these 3D Sound Prints, which transforms sound into a three-dimensional form using a combination of different specialiized software.

If you want to knock the socks off your in-laws when you make them pancakes try the Electrolux Re-mix Mixer. This is a concept food mixer that uses vibrations emitted by sound frequency to mix your ingredients.

The Sound Advice Project develops customized bracelets made from the sound shapes of a recorded message. The wearable reminders were inspired by parental relationships, so parents could give good advice to their kids without embarrassment.

These delectible sci-fi Magic Spheres are by Morteza Faghihi. They are wall mounted speaker and subwoofer sets that display a light show pattern based off the rhythm or beats of the music being played through your PC or home theatre system. Pink Floyd watch out!

Voiceprints by Australian digital artist, Pierre Prosk, are fabric patterns created from the human voice. He designed his own software that takes the characteristics of an individuals voice and translates it into patterns. Like fingerprints, every voiceprint is unique.

 Of course, if you just want a static image that is a direct imprint of Cymatics, you can purchase a MusicMadeVisible art piece.

After seeing all of these designs, I hope you dig deeper into understanding this science of Cymatics. To start, I suggest watching this short video about German photographer Alexander Lauterwasserwho uses Cymatics in his works. Then, if you can tolerate the bland videos of the Journal of Cymatics, you'll learn a lot.  (Just make sure to turn your volume on low because the sounds are like fingernails on a chalkboard. Yikes!)

*** The image at the top of this post is a still photo taken by Linden Gledhill, which captures the shapes made out of water based paints and sound from a speaker.

Via: Transmaterial, Yankodesign, Twenty1F, Flickr , TED