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Classy Crayon

This is the first sketch I made for this project. It is very basic, consisting of simple shapes that react to the sound using color, position and size. For this project, I was still just working out what I am able to do with the program and sound. This is just the first stepping stone.

Puney Self

For this sketch, I was experimenting with simple arches and stroke with sound. This sketch is not very complicated, because this was my second time messing with the sound, and my first time working with arches. From this point the sketches get more complicated and intricate.


I shifted focus with this sketch, working with the stroke of different shapes, their positions, and with line. I incorporated color in this sketch as well. To add interest, I made it so the background slowly appeared at a low opacity, causing the shapes to fade into the background after a time. This prevented the sketch from getting cluttered if it runs for a period of time.

Earsplitting Sheet

With this sketch I took the shape stroke idea, with a reduced amount of shapes and a centered orientation. The color is attached to the volume of the sound, becoming green when the sound is quieter and blue when it is louder. There are only two shapes occupying this sketch, A rect and an ellipse.

Waggish Sonar

This sketch is an expansion of the last, with an additional triangle. One point of the triangle is fixed in the center of the ellipse and rect, while the other points are reacting to the sound. I also made the color react to the sound in a different way than the other two shapes.


I went in a slightly different direction with this experiment visually. This sketch incorporates three rects, reacting in the same ways to the sound, but equally distant from each other and the center one is opposite. The center rect is positioned lower on the Y axis and the vol variable is multiplied by a negative number instead of a positive, causing it to reflect the others./p>

Fizzy Pop

After my experiment with basic shapes, I decided to move on to the next part of the project: Particles. This is my first of two particle experiment. The particles or bubbles, start at the upper left corner, and move down toward the lower right corner as the volume gets higher. I named this project Fizzy Pop because it reminds me of the carbonation in soda.

The Geyser

This sound visualization uses particles that start at one point in the center of the screen. Using the microphone on the device, the particles react to the sounds in the room, causing them to move up on the screen and change color. They start out with a changing x axis and a y axis of 0. Once the sound is registered their y axis and the speed of their movement increase. /p>

Shrill Alarm

These last two sketches are made in replacement of the originally intended 3D sketches. This experiment has one rect repeated multiple times, reacting to the sound in an offset, so they move at different rates. The color is also effected, from dark green at low volume, to light blue at high volume.

Vivid Equilizer

This is my final sketch. This version has more rect repeats, with smaller widths. The background has been removed completely, so when a change occurs the results appear in a layered way. I left the stroke on the rect so that the individual lines could be seen, creating a more interesting textured effect, vs the colored block it is without the stroke. I am especially happy with how this one came out. It makes an interesting visual on the volume of the room.