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CymaSense: a real-time 3D cymatics-based sound visualisation tool
  What does music look like? Representation of music has taken many forms over time, from musical notation [16], through to random algorithm-based visualisations based on the amplitude of an audio signal [19]. 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. Current Cymatic visualisations are restricted to 2D imaging, whilst 3D visualisations of music are generally based on arbitrary mapping of audio-visual attributes. This paper looks at the design of CymaSense, an interactive tool based on Cymatics.

  • Date:

    10 June 2017

  • Publication Status:


  • Publisher

    ACM Press

  • DOI:


  • Library of Congress:

    QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    006 Special Computer Methods

  • Funders:

    Edinburgh Napier Funded


McGowan, J., Leplâtre, G., & McGregor, I. (2017). CymaSense: a real-time 3D cymatics-based sound visualisation tool. In DIS '17 Companion Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference Companion Publication on Designing Interactive Systems (270-274).



Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC); Assistive Technologies; Music Therapy; Interactive Audio-Visual; Cymatics.

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