In Japanese, there are multiple alphabets, but one in particular has particular shapes/images which are interpreted to have meaning, but a specific set of sounds. I had thought it would be interesting to take sounds and make their inherent natural shapes they produce visible.
I did an experiment in which a contact microphone with prerecorded sound was attached to a pane of glass with light projected through it. The vibrations from the sound through the glass made the light move into particular shapes, effectively making the sound visible.
I had thought that this idea could be used to create a shape to sound through particular media- in particular fluid or fluid-like media seems very viable. By projecting a particular or set of particular sounds through things like water, oil, sand, I can make visible the particular shape to the sound, creating a sort of Sound Zen Garden.
I would still need to select what sound or sounds, and what media/medium to project them through, which will require experimentation. I do think I am leaning towards utilizing more calm/meditative tones, and media associated with the natural world or elements.
I do need to figure out how to both get and attach speakers or similar apparatus to what will effectively be some kind of vessel(s) for the mediums, so I am more than willing to hear if anyone has any input on where/how to (inexpensively) get this sort of materials. I do think the vessels themselves will also be very important to the piece, but I will likely select those based on what projects the sound best and what creates the most stimulating experience. But that is the general idea- Sound Zen Garden.