Kai Lab


Generative Design - Crystal Lamps

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We have been experimenting with the idea of linking the acoustic design of objects with spatial aesthetics, to see if it is possible to use musical intention to influence the physical design of objects. Here we show a simple Processing sketch which illustrates this concept in its most basic form. Each of the crystals are generated randomly in 3D space, with a single tone oscillator assigned to each edge segment. The oscillator frequency is assigned to be proportional to the length of the edge, resulting in a strict relationship between geometric aesthetic and sonic timbre. The results of this experiment can be seen in the video below, where the sketch automatically jumps between crystal forms.

We would like to take this research further by realistically modelling the resonance of the entire geometric structure, allowing us to actually have some indication as to what the geometric form would sound like when fabricated! more on this soon!

Sean Malikides