Sound of Visualization: Phase 1


For this project, I chose a piano song called Nuvole Bianche by a Italian Pianist called Ludovico Einaudi. This song is a very good piano song and can have many meaning behind it depending on your point of view. There are many emotions in this one song.  At the beginning of the song, you feel lonely, and as you keep fighting on you find your purpose.

For this song, i drew squiggly lines going down as in losing hope and feeling lonely. On the bottom of the lines i drew stars that shows finding something that enlightens you with the sun shining at the stars.

Sound Visualization phase 1

I chose the song “the skin of my yellow country teeth”, because i love the vocals, and the strain and cracks of the singers voice and i wanted to recreate it using line art and direction.  The song is almost 6 minutes long, and to properly illustrate it i had to listen to it over 15 times. The thick dark lines boxing in the symbols are the vocals, the four lines followed by arches are repeated phrases, and the shapes within the box are keywords that stood out to me.

smudges and line marks indicating vocals and instruments in song
The Skin Of My Yellow Country teeth by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah




Os – cil – late / Oscillate ; Oscillating

  1. a. To swing backward and forward like a pendulum // The fan was oscillating.

b. To move or travel back and forth between two points // He oscillates regularly between his comfortable home… and his downtown office-laboratory.

( Merriam-Webster )

Wind Sand and Stars is where I encountered this word on chapter three called The Tool on the sixth small paragraph. I have seen this word from reading this passage in class.

Now I have a better understanding of the word Oscillate. The meaning of the word could mean anything that goes up and down , back and forth from a graph to emotions to mechanics. ( Link of picture for example )


Culminate (verb)

1. To reach it’s the highest altitude – Mariam Webster dictionary

2. To rise to or form a summit reach the highest or a climactic or decisive point

This word was found in an essay called “The Tool”.

The sentence which shows how the  word was used says, “Have you ever thought, not only about the airplane but about whatever man builds, that all of man’s industrial efforts, all his computations, and calculations, all the nights spent over working draughts and blueprints, invariably culminate in the production of a thing whose sole and guiding principle is the ultimate principle of simplicity?”

When I think of the word Culminate, I think of the word climax. To culminate is to reach the highest point.




Field trip to new lab

Portal soundscapes

The portal soundscape was a piece that I feel like not a lot of people went to because it just looked like a video that you watch and listen to but once you really go under the the tube you could hear the sounds like your actually a part of the setting. Also looking at the video you can actually feel like your listening and hearing  like your apart of the hospital that your in.

Feather fountain

The feather fountain- was one of the pieces of artwork that I found most interesting, because the way that it looked when we first walked in was amazing and it kind of look like actual birds flying around. When I walked up to it, I seen that it was feathers and they were flying in and around a fan. The air coming from the fan was very calm but powerful enough to keep the feathers floating.


Futile: (adjective) That serves no useful purpose, effortless or worthless.

At first point, I wasn’t very familiar with the word Futile and therefore I didn’t understand what the first sentence was try to say until I looked up on a Dictionary and by knowing its definition, reading it once more with knowing the word “Futile” it now make sense and I get the message of the first sentence.

Website (dictionary):

So far, I understand that the story is talking about a prediction of technology in the future, and the author point out that it would be futile to create a new technology when we will have to confront something chaotic for an advance technology. It would be all for nothing if we create something that it won’t benefit us and harm us in a devastated way. Something futile can’t help us and technology evolve in a better way than just doing nothing.



Physics that deals with the mechanical action or relations of heat. This definition comes from the Merriam-Webster dictionary. I encountered this word while reading “The Tool” reading.

The author uses the word in the sentence “In this spirit do engineers, physicists concerned with thermodynamics, and the swarm of preoccupied draughtsmen tackle their work.”

Thermodynamics deals with the transfer of energy



“to take part in or experience something along with others” -Merriam-Webster dictionary

The word was encountered through the reading “Wind Sand and Stars” by Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry

The sentence that it was used in is “It is as if there were a natural law which ordained that to achieve this end, to refine the curve of a piece of furniture, or a ship’s keel, or the fuselage of an airplane, until gradually it partakes of the elementary purity of the curve of ‘a human breast or shoulder, there must be the experimentation of several generations of craftsmen. In anything at all, perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away, when a body has been stripped down to its nakedness.”

The author is trying to contribute to the idea that it takes experimentation, exploration and discovery to achieve perfection. There is a-lot of effort, trial and error to achieve a final product before the object is perfect. When he utilizes the word partakes he’s using it to talk about how machines will “take part in “the element of purity in the curve in a human breast or shoulder”. Since purity means it’s not contaminated they’re trying to say that basically it takes time and effort until a machine can become simplified and perfect. It’s when all the unnecessary and extra parts are taken away and the machine functions as it should with only the important parts.





DEFINITION-“A green or brown film on the surface of bronze or similar metals, produced by oxidation over a long period.”

ORIGIN– “mid 18th century: from latin, from latin patina ‘Shallow Dish”

EXAMPLE– My dads old car is starting to build some “patina” on the hood and the the trunk of the car



Fictictiuos: (Adjective)

Definition: Not real or true, being imaginary or having been fabricated.


Encounter: “The tool” 8th paragraph. “Numerous, nevertheless, are the moralists who have attacked the machine as the source of all the ills we bear, who, creating a fictitious dichotomy, have denounced the mechanical civilization as the enemy of the spiritual civilization.’

Comprehension: I now understand this word because, Through the reading I understand that a false contrast was made between two things included on the reading.