[Image above] Credit: Olivier van Herpt
Don’t you love it when science infiltrates unexpected nooks and crannies of your life?
In that science vs. sound story, cymatics (the visualization of audio frequencies) is captivating and inspiring. But those patterns are the direct result of pure science—à la audio waves.
Artist Olivier van Herpt is also harnessing the scientific power of audio in a new project experimenting with how sound intersects with a different medium: 3-D printed ceramics.
After getting inspired by the accidental incorporation of ambient sound into 3-D printed pottery, Van Herpt teamed up with sound designer Ricky van Broekhoven to purposefully engineer sound into ceramics. The project, called Solid Vibrations, allowed the pair to fabricate unique pieces of pottery than literally embody sound.
To create uniquely patterned vessels, the duo positioned an audio speaker just below a ceramic 3-D printer and piped low-pitched sounds through the speaker. As the printer extruded ceramics into the digitally determined configuration, sound vibrations created slight, regular disturbances that patterned deposition of the ceramic.
According to the project description on van Herpt’s website, “A moment in time, a song a sound, they can now become objects that encapsulate the moment forever. Vibrations turned into shapes by the 3-D printer.”
See for yourself in the short video below.
Credit: StudioVanBroekhoven; Vimeo