Drawing Mushrooms With Sound: A Must-See Oscilloscope Project For The Inquiring Mind

Remember in elementary school when you learned to create words on your upside down calculator? This is kinda like that only 1000 times cooler. Using an analog oscilloscope, Jerobeam Fenderson figured out how to draw a mushroom with sound. Not just any mushroom, a moving one, and then multiple mushrooms. Get your earphones (lower the volume), pop some popcorn, and click on the video below.

Micro-Landscape Ink Drawings Inspired by Sound: Beth Brown

Ink Drawings by Beth Brown

These drawings are like taking a microscope to a night club and observing the crawling skin of a rave dancer. Before you read on click ‘Play’ on the sound piece below to set the mood. These incredibly detailed ink drawings are physical manifestations of Beth Brown’s sound art. They look like an iTunes visualizer being used in a slightly darker sci-fi universe. The nonobjective shapes embody a wonderfully dense articulated structure and imply movement: slithering, morphing, collapsing, as a part of some strange foreign lifecycle on micro scale. Beth Brown builds accumulated sensory texture expressed through micro-landscapes.

Otherworldly Sound Absorbent Research Facility

1 Microwave Anechoic Chamber

Scientists are always creating unique controlled environments to test products and hypotheses, but sometimes creating these conditions becomes just as aesthetically pleasing as it is functional. English photographer Alastair Philip Wiper gives us an inside look at such facilities, finding their “unintentional beauty”. In an exhibit called Solar/Anechoic, Wiper artistically photographs the world’s largest solar furnace and the anechoic chambers at the Technical University of Denmark. Show here is a selection of photos from the echo-free chambers used to take transmission measurements between microwave antennas and measure how much noise different audio devices make. From some angles the carbon filled foam spikes, look like freshly sharpened blue pencils- until you see them in scale and realize how massive they are.

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London Streets Become an Experimental Symphony

In an age of ever louder sounds surrounding our daily life, designer Mark McKeague asks an interesting question: “can the city become a symphony?” We’re not talking about simply using jackhammers and the sound of passing busses to create some form of Stomp like cacophony of crashes and bangs, but rather using modern technology to create synthesized sounds which could be quite beautiful.

The Secret to a Sound Ocean

Acoustics mean different things to different species. As humans, we need sound to hear our favorite music, the roar of the crowd (insert activity here), and sirens so we don’t get flattened by a firetruck or freight train. While hearing is an enjoyable part of living a fulfilled life, we can get by without it. Whales on the other hand, have a harder time. Whales are auditory creatures, meaning hearing is essential to their communication, navigation, feeding, and breeding. Imagine if we couldn’t hear then we couldn’t breed? I’d rather go blind.

The Sound of Jelly

Noisy Jelly

Have you ever wondered what sound jelly makes? Well, now there is a kit that provides you with all the right materials to discover exactly that. The world needs to give a big thanks to Raphaël Pluvinage and Marianne Cauvard for creating the game, Noisy Jelly. Arguably the most fun combo ever, this musical jelly chemistry lab is something that needs to be experienced first-hand to get the full effect. Even though there are children playing with it in the video, you better believe this is a game for all ages.

CypherAudio Creates Sound Landscapes


Lending their talented and creative ears to the sound for a multitude of videos and advertisements, CypherAudio demonstrates the power of sound to enhance imagery. Having worked with such giants as Nike and Hershey’s, they create audio perfectly timed to the motion of the video. We recommend watching one with the sound turned down first… just to see how much difference it makes.