Dear Voyager:


Sep—Oct 2016
RISD Design Studio 3
Timeline: 2 Weeks



Dear Voyager is a publication and installation that explores the experiential relationships between sound, image, and language. While the publication focuses on a psychological reading of sound, the installation constructs a space for dialogue between sounds from Earth and sounds from Space, where viewers face each other and interact with a projection while sitting in a grid, adding their personal input to the 2 platforms. The programs contain tracks from the Voyager Golden Record and planetary sounds received by the NASA Voyager respectively; viewers engage with a cross-transmission of sounds that belong to vastly different realms, accessing a metaphorical state of in-between existence.





Part I — Publication




My initial investigations of the relationship between sound and image were produced in the form of two 8-page printed publications, called The White Sound Book and The Small Sound Book respectively. The first publication is a catalogue of collected images paired with descriptions of sound, allowing readers to imagine the type of sound generated by each varying combination of word and image. The second publication examines how graphic elements could inspire an auditory experience in tandem with a linguistic narrative that is conducive to sound.












Part II — Installation



Dear Voyager is an installation that explores the experiential relationship between sound and image through a tribute to the universe. It constructs a space for dialogue between sounds from Earth and sounds from Space, where viewers can sit in a grid on the ground and interact with the projection through wireless mice, adding personal input to 2 related interfaces by changing their visual attributes and sound frequencies. The interfaces are coded in Processing and contain tracks from the Voyager Golden Record and planetary sounds received by the NASA Voyager respectively; the viewer engages with a cross-transmission of sounds that belong to vastly different realms, accessing a metaphorical state of existence between our homely Earth and an infinite, unknown universe.











Click for Earth Interface

The Earth interface contains sounds carried by NASA Voyager’s golden record, sliced by theme into a total of 10 separate tracks. As sounds from Earth are more familiar, concrete, and understandable, the Earth interface features shapes with geometric relationships and patterns derived from landscape photography such as old archival images of the Norton Sound.

[This program is desktop only.]







Click for Space Interface

The space interface contains 10 tracks of planetary and outer space sounds collected by NASA voyager on its journey through the solar system. To convey the cryptic nature of sounds that we cannot humanly verify with our senses, its graphic counterpart features abstract, organic blobs filled with a translucent static texture, organic and indefinite.

[This program is desktop only.]