MandelMusic by Nick Didkovsky
A musical sonification of the Mandelbrot Set

"Play" the Mandelbrot set by clicking on the graph, and explore the dynamics of this mathematical system.

This version uses the Pure JSyn and does not require the JSyn plugin!

First, choose an instrument from the drop-down list below (instruments are named after their authors).
Second, click somewhere on the graph to see and hear the iteration path.

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Download the MandelMusic Standalone Application!

Thanks to:
Taemin Cho for contributing his iRobot instrument
Langdon Crawford for contributing his Fractal Synth instrument.
Nicholas V Tranchina for contributing his Wapper instrument.
Chad Wagner for contributing his GrainMandel instrument.
Takeyoshi Mori for contributing his MandelAM instrument.
Ryan Yard for contributing his Double Modulating instrument.
James Forrest for contributing his Ringer instrument (hardcore panning and blistering spectra).
Joel Mellin for contributing his Noise instrument (approaches white noise as iterations increase).
John Rice for contributing his left/right high/low pass filtered FM insanity.
Eunyoung Lee for contributing a very beautiful and subtle panning circuit made up of a triangle osc multiplied by a sawtooth osc.
Stephen Ward for contributing a percussive and delicate double sine osc instrument.

Build your own MandelMusic instrument and submit it to this site (you'll need to download the JSyn developer's kit from

This applet was built using JMSL and JSyn. JMSL is an experimental music composition and performance language by Nick Didkovsky and Phil Burk.

(C) 1998 Nick Didkovsky, All Rights Reserved
JMSL is based upon HMSL (C) Phil Burk, Larry Polansky and David Rosenboom.
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