Kinetic Sculpture, ‘Waves,’ Generates Sonic Imagery


The ascent of digital music has brought with it an appreciation of the physical waveform that represents sound. Few study the physics of signal processing but all can appreciate the manner in which sound waves cascade, interfere, and shift phase. Daniel Palacios has made a kinetic sculpture with the visual waveform as a focus.

The pieces is made up of a rope connected to two turbines that rotate causing fluctuations in the appearance of the waveform dependent on the amount of movement around the sculpture. Sound travels through a medium as a compression wave disturbing everything it encounters. This is why loud music can cause a bookshelf to rattle or force an object into resonance, but light can’t.

The agitation of the space around the sculpture is reflected in the pronunciation of the wave created by the rope. It will move through sinusoidal progressions and create harmonics as the rope cuts through the air.

Waves is an exploration in making the invisible appear visible. Advancements in the digitization of sound and technology make this possible in various realms.

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