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KISS2015 Presentations

Recordings from the four sessions of presentations at KISS 2015 in Bozeman Montana. A complete schedule of the seventh annual Kyma International Sound Symposium can be found at

KISS2015 -- Picturing Sound (and First Contact): Carla Scaletti

From de Martinville’s phonautograph and Bell’s photophone to the modern applications of the photo-optic effect and opto-acoustics, we seem to have had a long standing fascination with the lure of converting sound to light and vice versa. However, just like the original phonautograph, most of our sound recording and playback devices still rely on vibrating membranes. By using light’s interaction with sound pressure waves in the air, could we overcome our reliance on these nonlinear physical membranes for picturing and recording sound?