The '3D-Printed Music' Project Transforms Music into Sculptures

By: Alexander Lam - Jun 14, 2013
References: fastcoexist
With the help of a 3D printer, Rickart Dahlstrand managed to visualize music with an extra dimension in his '3D-Printed Music.' Using a 3D printer exclusively, the artist generated both the music and its visualization.

Through the stepper motors of a printer, Dahlstrand played music while drawing out a design. The motors on a 3D printer can be programmed to play different sounds by making them go faster or slower. As a result, Dahlstrand was able to recreate popular songs while printing out their visual representations in 3D.

While the motor was moving at variable speeds, the artist made sure it printed out plastic. Using this technique, he created works that celebrate pieces such as John William’s 'Imperial Death March' and Georges Bizet’s 'Habanera.'