Ross Manning

Listening with your fingers in your ears

About this activity
Australian artist Ross Manning has always been fascinated by science and how things work. Through his art, he explores the relationship between humans and technology. To do this, he often works with light and sound.

Did you know that sounds are made up of vibrations, or soundwaves, that we can hear? For example, when you strike a drum or a cymbal, the object vibrates. This vibration causes movement in the air molecules around the object forming a ‘wave’ of sound. When these waves reach our ears, our eardrums vibrate too, and our brains recognise these vibrations as sounds.

Soundwaves can travel through air, water and solids. In this activity, you can explore how sound travels through a solid object – a piece of string.