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Exploring Musical Creativity through Interactive Cymatics
  What does music look like? Representation of sound has taken many forms over time, from sinusoidal wave patterns, through to random algorithm-based visualisations based on the amplitude of an audio signal. 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. This paper presents CymaSense, an interactive sound visualisation application based on Cymatics.

  • Date:

    31 December 2017

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  • Publisher

    BCS Learning & Development Ltd

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  • Library of Congress:

    M1 Music

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    780 Music

  • Funders:

    Edinburgh Napier Funded


McGowan, J., Leplatre, G., & McGregor, I. (2017). Exploring Musical Creativity through Interactive Cymatics. In Proceedings of the 31st International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2017)



Cymatics; Autism Spectrum Disorder(ASD); Assistive Technologies; Music Therapy; Interactive Audio-Visual

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