Manuela Donoso Lamas

A portable camera that captures sound moments and translates them into visual patterns in the form of prints.

"Sonica" is a device that listens to a sound for a given exposure time and, after analyzing its frequencies and amplitudes, translates them into a printed image. "Sonica" allows us to see the fine motion that ears capture but eyes don't: the vibration traveling through air. As a graphic and light designer working with musicians, I started to wonder what sound looks like. If we can generate images from sound, could we see sound as the designer? This project is part of my research into these questions –my attempt to understand sound and music through sight.