The exploits and musings of an artist-acupuncturist, lecturer and researcher at CoDE, Cambridge School of Art, Cambridge, UK.

Prepared Performance

Pulse Reading 1

At the moment I am creating a Chinese Medical Pulse Image lexicon in SuperCollider to use as a source ‘code’ for reading pulses and making compositions… using SC Ugens and combining them with my interpretations of Chinese Pulse Images.

Screen shot 2012-12-15 at 19.18.49

This project brings together my artistic research with the metaphysical art of Chinese Pulse reading in order to create a new method for reading the body (especially internal embodied space) beyond the limitations of western biological and philosophical paradigms:

This research combines analogue / digital technologies with human touch (informed by combining fine art training with training in biomedicine and clinical Chinese Medicine) to explore sound as a transparent relational ‘medium’. My work is not simply a sonic visualisation of western clinical conceptions of the circulatory system and/or the complex metaphysical Chinese zàngfǔ jīngluò body-organ-network system, but also reflects personal intuition of an/other through reading their pulse.


Each individual’s pulse is unique set of sound-waves and images. For each person, I will interpret/read their pulse and create a unique composition of their ‘being’, using digital technology as a means to reflect my interpretations as wells as to document the moment of contact between the artist and participant.

Here is a sample of pulse reading and digital score image:

Pulse Notation 2


For sonic sample link see:


One response

  1. Pingback: Pulse Project at ‘Digital Futures at the V&A’ 11/2/2013 « codephd

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