For her senior thesis, RISD student Erica Sellers decided to explore soundwaves in a three-dimensional form. Entitled ‘From Digital to Design: Music and Soundwaves as the Basis for Customized Surface and Furniture Design”, Sellers’ project captured digital readings of soundwaves from various musical software before converting them into 3d representations in the form of common household furniture.
Using the song Symphonia IX by Grimes, Sellers’ captured the curves and oscillations represented in 2D form and converted them into digital 3D representations. The generated surfaces were processed for physical fabrication and sent to a CNC machine, which milled the designs into large wood panels of European Beech. Sellers’ thesis project produced a table and chair, each indelibly marked with the details of the design. Before being finalized with india ink and sealant, the side table was etched with the title of Grimes’ song.