Lissajous is a real-time audio reactive graphics application (available as Standalone or MaxForLive) built in Max/MSP and inspired by the work of Jules Antoine Lissajous.

The media project is born with the purpose of investigating the relationship between sound and vision, chaos and order, closely related to astronomy, mathematics & physics. It explores the field of harmony and disorder and let the user dip into an elegant, dreamlike, minimalistic yet chaotic space which reflects the complex rules of the universe in all its abstract beauty.

The software shows sound oscillations as XY matrix functions and creates complex graphics curves. Lissajous graphically describes sound and allow observation of constantly varying signal voltage of two audio signals as function of time. Video generated by sound can be controlled in endless ways by giving to the user the possibility of a whole-new range of interactions.

Operating System: PC Windows or Mac computer (not ipad or iphone).


Lissajous Standalone Module

There are two versions of Lissajous. A standlone software module which comes with a black keyboard.

You can download a PDF containing further information and technical instructions here.

Lissajous Interface

Lissajous Ableton Live Version (M4L Version) ableton live

There is also a M4L version which works directly with Ableton Live. Users will be able to use Lissajous within their projects, and to midi map all of its parameters.

You can download a PDF containing further information and technical instructions here.

Lissajous Max 4 Live

L-Scope (M4L) ableton live

L-Scope is our audio to image generator which is available as part of the 'Bundle: Lissajous + M4L Version + L-Scope'.

Lissajous: A universe of shapes
















  1. Vital Weekly

    Reviewing software is not something we do a lot, but I did so in Vital Weekly 845, when discussing a thing called 'ambient v.03', released by Audiobulb. That was back in 2012 and I still use that; I told you in the review: I am lazy. It's still a great tool to quickly transform sounds before recognition and use these building blocks in a great composition. Now Audiobulb releases a new bit of software, developed by Francesco Gagliardi, again using max/msp/cycling 74 and completely design to look great. It's inspired by the work of Jules Antoine Lissajous (1822-1880), who was fascinated by making vibrations visible, such as holding a tuning fork below the water surface. He gave name to figures - I am no mathematician, so I can't possibly summarize what wikipedia says on this subject. The software is both visual and audio. There is a keyboard path and oscillators, which you can change and then line/stripes/dots - whatever you selected - will alter along the new frequency range. All of this is very sensitive, even when it's not yet possible to control these with a mid-keyboard. Everything is in very cool black and white which looks great. It needs some practice I think to see which preset you like best and then you can start playing around it. It would be great if you could link the visual side to any sound input from yourself, so you could play to be your own Alva Noto/Ryoji Ikeda sound and visual. There is a possibility to record the audio/visual output in a variety of formats so you can further edit the results. I had a lovely afternoon playing around with this.

  2. Scoop.It!

    The creative Audiobulb team give us here a new interesting tool (Mac only) to create some new sounds (and visual) oscillations .Its built in Max/MSP and inspired by the work of Jules Antoine Lissajous. Nice results !