liquid noise

visualising whale song with water

collaboration with Dan Pollard and Annie Moir.

We propose a novel method of visualising the impact of marine noise on wildlife using the method of cymatics. Cymatics is a method to visualise waveforms in a medium, in this case through playing audio into small pools of water that form the basis of the installation. Whale song is clearly seen as emerging patterns from the water (see header image) and the effect of noise distorting and visually masking the whale song is clearly seen. This technique was developed as part of the filming of A Voice Above Nature, a documentary exploring the effect of underwater noise pollution on marine life off the coast of Iceland, specifically humpback whales.

This project has been funded by the Brigstow Institute.


  • New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME 2020) conference 22nd-25th July 2020