The Science of Sounds
Explore the inner workings of sound.
How do sounds work? Where do they come from? How are we able to hear them? What happens when you record a sound? and more.
A filter is a manipulation tool which can alter the relative balance of frequencies within a sound.
When sounds are added together, they can create new textures. However, we can also use one sound to control the properties of another, creating patterns or rhythms.
Sounds can be added together or subtracted from one another. Learn how new sounds can be made in this way.
Soundwaves can add together and subtract from one another (cancelling each other out). This property of sounds can be unwanted but can also be used creatively.
Most objects vibrate in a more complex way than a simple back and forth motion. The more complex the vibrations, the more complex the resulting soundwaves.
Discover how sounds are created and understand the fundamental relationship between objects, their properties and the sounds that they make.
Learn about the most basic soundwaves. What makes them different?
If sound is caused by vibrating objects, and every object vibrates in its own unique way, then how are headphones or loudspeakers able to play back such a diversity of sounds?
Using electrical technology, it is possible for us to synthesise new sounds.
When listening to field recordings, people soon recognised that animals communicated to each other using different pitch ranges.