Specular Highlights

The aim of these explorations was to give a visible form to sound – different ways of capturing the affect sound has on water in still image and video. A speaker was mounted below the container of water and different frequencies were played through a synthesizer. Sine and saw waves were used for the videos.

A black box was constructed to take long exposure shots of the water and strobes were lit periodically to capture specular highlights. These highlights truly helped to define the shape of the water as it was formed by the sound from below.

Amplitude was also varied to alter the patterns appearing on the water’s surface. The black colour of the water comes from the addition of carbon powder. Experiments with different quantities of carbon powder and water were conducted to find the optimal viscosity for the substance to react visibly to sound.

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