music on a bound string No. 2 (reflecting light), 2015

visible sound and light sculpture | installation
dimensions variable
duration 16’ loop

Music on a Bound String is a series of works making reference to stringed musical instruments. The installation includes a sculpture composed of a string held between two points. A loudspeaker emits an audio signal—which is inaudible to the audience—that excites the string, causing it to display a sound wave that transforms constantly. Natural wave behaviors and properties are manipulated in a musically conceived, visual discourse that plays with notions of inaudibility and sonic visualization. 

In the second work of the series, light is incorporated as a structural parameter. By projecting a beam of transforming color on the vibrating string, the sound wave decomposes it, reflecting a series of colored lights that constitute it.

The composition goes through different degrees of complexity, departing from simple sound waves reflecting pure colors, to complex wave forms reflecting the infinite amount of colors contained in a white beam. Behind the sculpture, on a two-dimensional plane, the shadow of the vibrating string and the speaker are seen on the projected, composed beam.


Special thanks: Christian Kook, technical assistance.