Web-based interactive visual and acoustic data visualiztion.

  • Dates: 2012
  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • Role: Audio Developer
  • Link: SoundQuake
  • Collaborators:
    • Danny Bowman
    • Kyle Warren
    • Lisa Hiatt
    • Chris Delbuck
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Soundquake 4

soundQuake is an interactive visual and acoustic representation of Bay Area earthquake data from 1973 - present day. Every time an earthquake occurs in a given time range, a white 3D rectangle will rise from the mapped epicenter and produce the sound of a banjo chord. The magnitude of the earthquake will impact the volume of the banjo sound, as well as the height of the rectangular protrusion. Multiple earthquakes in close proximity will generate a confluence of seismic activity increasing the region’s overall sound and visual impact.

soundQuake was one of the winning pieces created at Art Hack Weekend SF, hosted by Gray Area and The Creator’s Project.

The piece uses WebGL (ThreeJS), the Web Audio API, NodeJS (Express), Google Fusion Tables, and the USGS Earthquake Database.


  • March 2012 - Creator’s Project, Fort Mason, San Francisco
  • May 2012 - Nightlife, California Academy of Sciences