AguaSonics – visual mandalas from whale and bird songs


Visual and recording artist Mark Fischer showcases his gallery of mandala images created by transliterating recordings of bird and whale sounds through mathematical processes into patterns which can be represented visually. Some scientific information behind this process available on this page: 

Sound travels much faster in water than through air, and the process may be speeding up with climate change as increased oceanic carbon makes our oceans more acidic.

YouTube videos on the AguaSonic process and mandala creation in action:

Biography of Mark Fischer and some thoughts on the project, online at the Green Museum:

Excerpts from Synchronized Chaos’ conversation with Mark Fischer:

Fischer: The animal recordings kind of come from all over- from the US Navy’s hydrophone network via various researcher friends, to my own hydrophone thrown over the side of a boat. The nice thing about
working with recordings is that, as long as the result is of high quality, the source can be quite varied.

Synchronized Chaos: Interesting how we know more about the surface of the Moon than our own planet’s oceans!

Fischer: It is indeed. A reflection, I think, of constantly looking out, not inwards.

Fischer, on Four Mountains, a serendipitous path towards conveying artistic meaning during portions of recorded whale song inaudible to human ears. The mathematically mapped sound frequencies created a pattern which reminded him of a mountain, which led to mental connections to Hopi medicine wheels and Aleutian kayaking adventures and the history of the Aleutian peoples – read the story here:

Yes, well, that’s one of my favorite little projects ever. If you look in Webster’s Dictionary under ‘esoteric’, I think they mention ‘Four Mountains’. 🙂

Artist Mark Fischer explores subtlety and nuance in sound, primarily with those of whales and dolphins, but occasionally other natural sources. Recordings are made using the highest quality equipment available, and images made from these sounds using the AGUASONIC(R) process.