‘6 rubens tubes visualizer’ by yuri suzuki and mathew kneebone, 2012 images courtesy the designers

artists yuri suzuki, originally of tokyo, japan, and mathew kneebone of melbourne, australia have created the project ‘6 rubens tubes visualizer’. the antique physics equipment consisting of wave flame tubes or simple flame tubes has been reconfigured by the two designers to dance in time with music. invented by german scientist heinrich rubens in 1905, the device was able to demonstrate acoustic standing waves and accurately portray the relationship between sound waves and sound pressure. this project utilizes six separate tubes to preform six layers of sound within a tune. the result is a steam-punk like spectacle visualizing the movement of sound through flame.

‘baroque hoedown for 6 ruben’s tubes by mathew kneebone and yuri suzuki’

‘6 rubens tube’

yuri suzuki and mathew kneebone: 6 rubens tubes visualizer gas flames move from the six tubes in time with the music

yuri suzuki and mathew kneebone: 6 rubens tubes visualizer alternate perspectives of piece in motion