The Shape of the Sound of the Shape of the Sound

Stephen BARRASS

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Abstract

The concept of a trans-phenomenal artifact arose from a project to digitally fabricate a series of bells, where each bell is shaped by the sound of the previous bell. This paper describes the recursive process developed for fabricating the bells in terms of generic stages. The first bells fabricated with this process raised the question of whether the series would converge to a static attractor, traverse a contour of infinite variation, or diverge to an untenable state. Reflection on these early results encourages further development of the recursive fabrication process, and lays groundwork for a theory of trans-phenomenal artifacts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigital Da Vinci
Subtitle of host publicationComputers in the Arts and Sciences
EditorsNewton Lee
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherSpringer
Pages197-210
Number of pages14
EditionFirst
ISBN (Electronic)9781493905362
ISBN (Print)1493909649, 9781493905355
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameDigital Da Vinci: Computers in the Arts and Sciences

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