3D Lissajous Curves

JavaScript Array > Kineme GL Line Structure.


7 Responses to “3D Lissajous Curves”

  1. 1 Rob
    March 2, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Oh my, I must have a play with that Kineme patch!

    • 2 toneburst
      March 3, 2010 at 8:27 am

      The Kineme patch just does the line. Having said that, you could actually do the whole thing just using a single Kineme Line Expression patch. I’ve done the maths in JavaScript because I’ve always been confused by the syntax of the Line Expression patch.


  2. March 3, 2010 at 12:13 am

    Although this is obviously enough a JavaScript Array, I guess this isn’t simply a lissajous array set being pushed?

    Looks really nice & clean, can’t wait for the video, [ but gonna have to :-)]

    I like those automatically generated associated links BTW 🙂

    • 4 toneburst
      March 3, 2010 at 9:22 am


      The Lissajous equatations are based on a time value, so I just loop around a range of time values per-frame, adding the resulting X Y and Z values to a two-dimensional array, which is then fed directly into a Kineme Line Structure patch.

      I’m going to do some 2D variants, rationalise the controls, then I’ll do a little demo movieclip, if I get a chance.

      I like the Lissajous Web pics- they’re really nice. I wonder what the logic is for joining the points together with that one.


  3. March 3, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Lissajous curves are great. They offer lots of opportunities for fun audio visualization stuff. I wrote an iTunes pluggin that uses them in one of its modes. Here’s a sample video:

    If you’re interested the visualizer is called Manifesto and can be found at:

  4. April 16, 2010 at 1:31 am

    Hey, pretty cool tb! I’ve always done this with LFO’s and a javascript queue.

  5. 7 Alastair
    April 24, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Hi tb

    I was working with Lissajous curves a little while back. The national broadcaster in Australia (ABC) has a simple Lissajous curve as it’s logo (I think it is one), often flattened to 2D logo. It’s like standing sine wave wrapped onto a cylindrical plan. I couldn’t quite get that happening but lots of more complex ones were easy enough. Simple is hard sometimes. Funny how these trends happen by osmosis 🙂

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