The cymatic water tank visualizer takes any sound or data in the form of sound files, and plays them through deep bass “Buttkicker” speakers to vibrate a tank full of water. Different frequencies excite different modes of vibration of the tank and cause different kinds of patterns in the water.

Higher frequencies make a delicate, wispy, spider-web-like pattern on the surface of the water, while lower frequencies make the water jump as the sound creates standing waves.

This project is part of the work of the University of California Santa Cruz’s Digital Art and New Media department DANM, OpenLab, and designed and constructed by Sean Pace, Zach Corse, and David Harris.