Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Nigel Stanford - "Cymatics"
After finding out what frequencies resonated the plate the best, I selected four shapes that looked good, giving me four notes to use for the musical instrument that would accompany it. Because the sand took a few milliseconds to move into the next shape, I couldn't change notes very fast, and so wrote something that stayed on each note long enough for the shape to form. Originally I wanted to use the actual audio that generated the shapes, but it was very high pitched, and kind of un-musical - so I ended up just using the notes I wanted, and mixing a recorded element of the sound of the actual plate with a simple synthesizer sound.