music on a string and two resonators, 2018

visible and audible sound installation
duration: 5:30 min looped
 

A continuation of the Music on a Bound String series, this 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 can be seen on the undulating cord. 

Also in the room, hanging from the ceiling, are two tubes that act as sound resonators. The tubes are specifically tuned to harmonic frequencies of the (inaudible) audio signal that excites the string. These tubes amplify harmonic tones of the sound waves that are visible in the string. 

The piece is an exploration of visible and hearable sound.  It plays with notions of musical perception, sonic visualization, and the intrinsic frequencies that are constantly present in all physical bodies.