Sound Waves

~A Note From Cie About Sound Waves~

A sound wave is the pattern of disturbance caused by the movement of energy traveling through a medium (such as air, water, or any other liquid or solid matter) as it propagates away from the source of the sound. The source is an object that causes a vibration, such as a ringing telephone, or a person's vocal cords. The vibration disturbs the particles in the surrounding medium; those particles disturb those next to them, and so on. The pattern of the disturbance creates outward movement in a wave pattern, like waves of water on the ocean, and carries the sound energy through the medium. 


As a professional musician along with my wife Karisa in the duo You Knew Me When, sound has always played an important role in my daily life. When I began exploring and experimenting with wood as an artistic medium, I began to play around with sound waves as an artistic element. This addition to my work not only adds visual intrigue to many of my pieces, but is also a subtle dictation of what the work embodies. For example, my piece show below is of the Cimarron Mountain Range, and the sound wave depicts the word “Cimarrons.” 


Another way some of my art utilizes sound waves is by having the waveform directly influence the nature of the art piece itself. For example, the piece below titled “The Mountains of Happiness” was directly influenced by the sound wave of the word “happiness.” I utilized the sound wave to follow the contours to create their very own mountain range…hence “The Mountains of Happiness.”