Christian M Allison

CYMATICS: Laser-Cut Record

CYMATICS: Laser-Cut Record

Sometimes art can be found when the artist must create something out of nothing—finding art around their initial concepts versus about them. In a similar way, a record creates sound where there is a lack of material in the path of the needle.


Laser-Engravable Path

The process began by converting a .mp3 file to a visualization of the sound wave as one, continuous line. This was then run through an algorithm that wrapped that path around a spiral which could be uploaded to a laser cutter set to engrave a sheet of acrylic.


End Result

Due to some exciting copyright laws, I am unable to upload a video of the finished product. Though quite muffled and distorted, the song is distinctly identifiable—if you aren't familiar with it, just keep scrolling...