Visualising Sound as Objects

Questions stuck in mind:

  • How does the sound from Janet’s audio can be better interpreted?
  • How can we see Janet’s story from the audio? Since the audio is the only thing we have as evidence of her (as a matter of this project, solely)
  • Is there any difference to the present’s sound?

What I like to do next is to freeze the sound of Janet’s and present’s in two different time. Now that the devices that produce sound in 2-dimensional (sound devices, machine, both analogue and digital) are acknowledged, the results are to be documented and interpreted in 3-dimensional objects which we can now visualise the sound.

There are few artists, designers, researches that turn the digital data intangible form into tangible form that they make sculptures to see, to understand the data and experience it first hand. The ‘Sound Sculptures’.

These are just few examples that I am inspired by (there’s more);

  1. Sound sculptures by Andreas Nicolas Fischer & Benjamin Maus

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Materials : CNC-milled MDF, Dimensions: 900mm x 720mm x 120mm.

2.  ‘Cylinder’. This design is based on analogue sounds and aims to visualize sounds with a physical expression through digital tools. By Andy Huntington and Drew Allan  

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3. Nightingale Bird Song by Yanying Huang

“The moment of a nightingale in full song frozen in a crystalline form.”

Materials: lasercut onto clear acrylic


4. Turn Songs into 3D-printed Sculptures you can ‘listen to’ with Reify

  • These sound sculptures seem to be more about visual presentation than media like vinyl or a phonograph.
  • The song can be replayed with another software developed by the same company through an app in androids and smartphones by scanning the printed 3d object.

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Where I am at the moment is, still searching and considering the different materials to produce this and represent the sound in the best way but to keep it more personal and analogue from the beginning of early drawings to 3d objects.What I have in mind are acrylic sheets, resin, wood and even textile.

What to aim in this exploration

  • Exploration of materials
  • Significance of the chosen materials (why?)
  • Discovery, hidden code, interactive
  • Comparison of two different time (via colour code/materials)
  • Differentiate between Janet’s imagination and reality (via colour code)

For the device done on last tuesday will be kept as one of the method in getting to the results. Now the results are to be interpreted and recorded in a more interactive way, thus, the ‘sound sculptures’.



One thought on “Visualising Sound as Objects

  1. Really interesting references as three dimensional investigations of sound but I think you need to build on the devices like the phonautograph that you were researching last time. Somehow your three dimensional sound sculpture should be able to be read by that device and another method so it reveals individual sounds/ Janet’s story or new moments within the walk. Talking about the audio as the only evidence we have is interesting because its our starting point but along the way we gather more evidence through our own experience of it. Would be interesting to see what you plan to do (by way of a sketch or model) – the answer lies somewhere between last week and this week – not just a device or just a sculpture but a combination of the two – so try to think about not just the sound sculpture but also how you will perform it in presentations to show how it interprets the walk and can be read. This is interesting since its somewhere between an invention and a known device: – maybe think how you can make the equivalent with your sculpture?

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