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Exploring Musical Creativity through Interactive Cymatics

McGowan, John; Leplatre, Gregory; McGregor, Iain


Gregory Leplatre


What does music look like? Representation of sound has taken many forms over time, from sinusoidal wave patterns, through to random algorithm-based visualisations based on the amplitude of an audio signal. One aspect of music visualisation that has not been widely explored is that of Cymatics. Cymatics are physical impressions of music created in mediums such as water. This paper presents CymaSense, an interactive sound visualisation application based on Cymatics.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name HCI 2017 - Digital make-believe
Start Date Jul 3, 2017
End Date Jul 6, 2017
Acceptance Date May 15, 2017
Online Publication Date Mar 6, 2018
Publication Date 2017
Deposit Date Jul 12, 2019
Publicly Available Date Jul 16, 2019
Publisher BCS Learning & Development Ltd.
Series ISSN 1477-9358
Book Title Proceedings of the 31st International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2017)
Keywords Cymatics; Autism Spectrum Disorder(ASD); Assistive Technologies; Music Therapy; Interactive Audio-Visual
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Contract Date Jul 15, 2019


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