Sound Tree Rings
Sound Tree Rings explores sound’s organic essence by visualizing it’s time dimension as a spiral series of tree rings, modulated by urban soundscape transcribed to waveforms. This piece highlights the natural harmonic beauty of sound - when used outdoors, the sounds of our renovated urban cityscape can be used to regenerate a relic of the natural landscape that was destroyed so that it could exist. By showing our individual and societal voices and sounds in tree ringform, we stay true to the spirit of the rings, preserving the imagery for a more modern age.

Sound Tree rings contains real trees’ narratives - their history, time and space in spiral timeline shapes. Trees provide beauty and inspiration, they help free oxygen to keep us breathing, yet we destroy them for our benefit regularly, using their body parts for housing, cardboard, even for temporary data storage needs. Trees invented the first ‘ring memory,’ many thousands of years before humans discovered electricity.

Year: 2012-2013
Type: Sound Visualization

Tools: Processing

Design: Yoon Chung Han

Exhibition History


Cloud Bridge
Interactive Data Visualization and
SPL Data Visualization
Seattle Musicians
SPL Data Visualization
North + South Korea
SPL Data Visualization
2D Spatial Map
SPL Data Visualization, M259 Class Lab exercise
Microsoft vs. Apple
Infographic, SPL Data Visualization
Pattern Formation
Algorithimc Pattern Creation Practice
Sound Tree Rings
Sound Visualization