Create a World: Coming together

Our group came together with our ideas and found that one of our team members had an idea that was really intriguing, what if there was a world within our sound waves, a world within the sound waves that moves with the sound, but inside the world they would not feel the movement with how the world is structured.

We thought along the lines of the sound waves actually creating a the actual world, this then made me think of the which turns any sound into art. For one of them their pieces they have recorded Houston downtown, at the intersection of Main St. and Dallas, this piece features the sounds of Houston’s daily bustle, including the Metrorail and it looks something like this;

Houston Sound Wave Art (click for more details)

When I heard the idea of a world within sound waves I remembered a game called Perception. Perception is a horror game about a girl called Cassie who is blind but is able to see things through sound, she hits her cane and the sound that it creates is able to let her see the room clearly. I really loved seeing how the sound waves were portrayed within this game and felt that it was a big help is seeing how the sound would move.

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I also researched the different sound waves which are longitudinal or transverse waves and found some useful animations of them. This also made me think what if the world was actually living and moved like the way the sound waves moved. Even if the world was made out of these different sound patterns, I think that would look really interesting.

Transverse wave animation

Longitudinal wave animation

3D image of sound waves

Since the world will be microscopic I also researched what microscopic things look like and found this very interesting as it would be able to help us with shaping the world and as well as the architecture of the world.


More of this here.

I also found this animation by Or Bar-El where the main focus is the music, the animation goes with the beat. I love the movement that they use as well as when the drums kick in and we get to see inside where the squares on the inside pulse and move fast with the beats.

After our team spent time discussing and researching we decided to go with the idea of a microscopic living planet that travels through the sound waves by either surfing or being able to grip on to the sound waves, which it then has to keep moving so that the sound doesn’t become quiet and dies out. For the shape of the planet we thought that it would be a simplistic sphere shape that has movable arms that can grip, swim and bounce of the sound waves or wings so that it is able to swim, glide or surf within the sound waves as we know that sound waves can travel through certain objects and water.



Create a World: Ideas

Our group met up the next day with our research which we took and expanded on them by putting the ideas up on the board and using a ton of sticky notes to expand on it. We also looked at Films, Games and books for inspiration. We looked at the size it could be, the shape, weather, structure and the environment.


I also researched an artist called Jacek Yerka who is a 55 year old Polish artist who decided to take on the artistic route early on due to his artistic parents. He creates fantasy worlds that were inspired by his childhood; the places, the feelings and the scents.

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After a lot of discussing and mind wracking we decided to take the ideas we liked most and sketch them out to thin out the ideas and then look at them as a team to then vote on the one we liked the best.

Floating cities, inspired by Avatar

Floating cities, inspired by Avatar

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A world made out of the pollution that we have created

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World within a moving robot

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A little world within a bonsai tree

Create a World: Beginning


For our first Creative Elements project we were given the task of creating a world. When our group sat down and talked about it we realised very soon how broad a topic it was going to be, there is so much you could do that it left me wondering where I should even start. Our group decided that we would do a good bit of research so that we are able to get some direction to our ideas.


When I first heard the topic what sprung immediately to my mind was “Laputa: Castle in the Sky” which is a 1986 film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and is the first film created and released by Studio Ghibli. I thought of Laputa as it is a floating castle in the sky, concealed in the swirling clouds of a violent thunderstorm.

I then looked at the Walking City which is a slowly evolving video sculpture. The language of materials and patterns seen in radical architecture transform as the nomadic city walks endlessly, adapting to the environments she encounters.

The video of the Walking City made me think back to Laputa, remembering that it has robot guardians that would take care of the maintenance of the castle gardens and wildlife. What if the world was actually a robot and people lived in them and the robot is able to adapt to the environments they encounter on their journey like the walking city.

When I was researching more on the topic I remembered a Gorillaz song called “On Melancholy Hill” and how it showed the Gorillaz living in Plastic Beach which was created after various discarded items floated in the ocean and stuck to one another to conglomerate into one large landmass in the Pacific, held together by “a sticky gloop of oil and tar from a million of untold disasters”. This made me think, what if there was a world that was made because of the waste that we throw away and not recycled, maybe it could be inhabited by little gremlin type creatures.