Cymatic Synthesis of a Series of Bells

Stephen BARRASS, Tim Barrass

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    Frequency analysis and additive synthesis are the conventional way to reproduce sounds in signal processing. However, digital fabrication provides an alternative way to reproduce sounds by geometrical reproduction of acoustics. This paper proposes cymatic synthesis by geometrical reproduction as an alternative to signal processing as a way to design sounds. IN the other direction, cymatic synthesis can also be used to design geometric shapes from sounds. The potential of cymatic synthesis was explored through an experiment to produce a recursive series of bells, where the geometry of each bell is constructed from the spectral profile of the previous bell in the series. The knowledge gained from these experiments is captured in a process model with modular stages of SHAPE, SOUND, XFORM and PROFILE. Based on the results of the first experiment, we have designed further XFORM mappings that are more directly cymatic than the spectral profile. The substitution of alternative XFORM mappings demonstrates the modularity and generality of the process diagram. These mappings also demonstrate the creative and generative potential of cymatic synthesis.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2013 ICMC Conference presented by Tura New Music, the International Computer Music Association, Australasian Computer Music Association and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts at Edith Cowan University
    Place of PublicationSan Francisco
    PublisherInternational Computer Music Association
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Print)9780984527427
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    EventInternational Computer Music Conference - Perth, Australia
    Duration: 11 Aug 201317 Aug 2013


    ConferenceInternational Computer Music Conference


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