Seeing Sound: A Look at the Dolby Art Series |
Seeing Sound: A Look at the Dolby Art Series

Seeing Sound: A Look at the Dolby Art Series

A visually stunning series that brings together art and technology

Written by –
Vanessa Louie
on June 21st 2017
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Dolby Art Series


Have you ever wondered what seeing sound must be like? Unless you’re tuned to synaesthesia-like senses, it’s difficult to imagine how sound looks when it travels. Luckily for us, Dolby collaborated with 22 talented artists and design studios around the world to create beautiful pieces that visually represent the movement of sound. The resulting Dolby Art Series, shown at San Francisco Design Week this year, captures a stunning fusion of sound and technology. Let’s take a closer look.

Iconographic Transmission by GMUNK

For Iconographic Transmission, Bradley G Munkowitz or GMUNK uses his signature style to rediscover the Dolby Logo.

Seeing Sound with the Dolby Art Series: Iconographic Transmission by GMUNK |
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You can see it’s a vibrational distortion through a refracted design of tiny cubes – almost like a collision waiting to happen. It’s not surprising then that GMUNK is a designer known for his sci-fi themed pieces with psychedelic influences. He mostly explores light through a variety of dynamic 3D images, bringing them to life with motion graphics, digital art and even cinematography.

Vibration Forms by Michael Paul Young

In this piece, Michael Paul Young explores the relationship between sound and hearing.


Seeing Sound with the Dolby Art Series: Vibration Forms by Michael Paul Young |
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He depicts the mediums of wire, plate and liquid. These are represented by a line, a square and a three-dimensional contained liquid. Through Vibration Forms, once can see a flow of energy and dynamism. Notably, the piece gives an insight into what it’s like to be inside a speaker system.

Quantized by David McLeod

From afar, David Mcleod‘s Quantized might remind you of a gorgeous floral bouquet. However, taking a step closer reveals a hyper realistic work of art that will leave you in awe.

Seeing Sound with the Dolby Art Series: Quantized by David Mcleod |

The piece shows a seemingly endless movement of candy-colored particles against a muted pink backdrop. You’ll see the “bouquet” is in fact composed of white semi-ovals and pink squares. Overall, Quantized gives a sub-atomic view of overlapping waves, alluding to the superposition theory,

Orchestrated Reality by Territory Studio

Next up, Orchestrated Reality is a piece that delves deeper into the concept of parallel universes.

Seeing Sound with the Dolby Art Series: Orchestrated Reality by Territory Studio
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Artists from Marti Romances and Peter Clark from Territory Studio were inspired by the worlds of The Matrix, Avatar and Surrogate. Essentially, these stories tap into the possibility of people living multiple realities simultaneously. Additionally, the artists were inspired by the Truman Show where the main character’s life is broadcast live for everyone to see. With the strong contrast of Orchestrated Reality’s two worlds, this is definitely a piece that movie buffs and sci-fi fans alike will enjoy.

Order and Chaos by Supermundane

Also known as Supermundane, Rob Lowe is an artist well-known for his colorful murals, prints and even products.

Seeing Sound with the Dolby Art Series: Order and Chaos by Supermundane |
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In particular, I love his nod to the psychedelic art movement of the 1960s. Specifically the bold geometric lines and vibrant shades of green and pink. For Order and Chaos, he conveys complexity out of simplicity with plenty to see.

Untitled by Sara Andreasson

Last (but not least) my favorite aspect of Sara Andreasson’s work has to be the quirky yet relatable quality of her designs.

Seeing Sound with the Dolby Art Series: Untitled by Sara Andreasson |
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She created a straightforward image of a woman whispering to a man with a playful use of color. As you can see, her work poses a stark contrast to the rest of the collection, which immediately puts her on my ‘to watch’ list.

If you want to see the rest of the series, you can head over to the Dolby website here.


What do you think of the Dolby Art Series? Let us know in the comments below. If you enjoyed reading this round up, you should check out our interview with Shazia Imran, or see the beautifully curved wood that forms the gramaphone-like pieces of the Bellaphone collection.


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