Electric Acoustic: Exploring Energy Through Sonic Vibration Displays

Dan Lockton, Gray Crawford, Devika Singh, Shengzhi Wu

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'Energy' is an abstract concept, invisible except through its effects, yet with vast geopolitical and environmental consequences-while driving many everyday practices. It is a curious 'material' to work with for designers, with experiential properties which are underexplored. In Electric Acoustic, we are exploring both sonification and vibration (cymatic displays) as media for experiencing energy, specifically electricity use. These materializations potentially enable deeper engagement with the invisible systems and infrastructures of everyday life. This short paper reports on our preliminary experiments and some of the issues and considerations arising during this initial exploration.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI EA 2019 - Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
ISBN (Electronic)9781450359719
Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Cymatics
  • Energy
  • Interface design
  • Qualitative interfaces and displays
  • Sonification
  • Vibration


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