Artist uses water and neon strobe lights to create stunning psychedelic images using acoustic waves


Sound waves are a specific types of waves that can be detected by human ears and an artist has turned the sound into visual art.

Linden Gledhill used a combination of water, neon lights and software to capture these stunning psychedelic images of sound.

The art was created by placing a tank of water on top of a speaker, which was powered by an amp and connected to a computer that used sine wave generating software.

Gledhill, a science photographer, stood above the container of water and looked down in wonder as he photographed the kaleidoscopic images with the help of a neon ring lights.

‘It’s small reservoir of water on top of membrane on a 5 inch speaker fed by an amplifier,’ he said on the Flickr page the images were posted on.

‘The sound comes from a signal generator on a computer.

‘The camera is looking down at the surface of the water and the lens looks through a ring light.’

The images are glowing with bright neon colours and swirling lines give such great detail that you can almost hear and feel the vibrations of the waves.

‘Linden Gledhill is an artist who explores the physical world at different image scales and fragments of time,’ the artist’s website says.

‘His education in science has led to the use of advanced microscopy and high speed equipment to create unexpected imagery revealing the physical beauty which surrounds us.’

‘Interestingly, most of what you see is visible and the images is very stable.

‘The LEDs strobe and stop the motion and that’s why the lines are so sharp.’

‘If I move away for this specific frequency the lines start to move,’ explained Gledhill.

‘When you read about the geometric symmetry of nature and physics its not surprising these vibration modes resemble things like sea shells and in this case a turtle shell’.

Just link all waveforms, sound consists of wavelengths, frequency, amplitude and velocity.

Sound waves are created by the vibration of some object, like the speaker hooked up to the amp, and are detected when they vibrate the detector, like the water.