In 1998, Ray Dybzinski (Second Man, The Timeout Drawer) borrowed an oscilloscope from the physics lab where he worked...
He hooked it up to all the equipment in his studio to see what the equipment sounded like.
It looked fine, but what was really cool was his Eventide effects processor. If he set it up just right, the oscilloscope showed a visual representation of the Eventide's sound in the form of mesmerizing, moving spirographs. The spirographs weren't just a visual trick that loosely synched up with the sound (like the "visualizer" effects in contemporary computer programs). No, the spirographs were the audio waves themselves!
The droning sounds that created the spirographs weren't beautiful, but any changes to them showed up as changes in the spirographs. Friends came over and listened to the drone and watched spirographs for hours. It was a small phenomenon.
But anyone who wasn't totally invested in the visuals had little tolerance for the monotony of the drone. It went on and on. So the small phenomenon stayed just that.
Time passed, and in 2002 Ray Dybzinski left Chicago and the band he helped found, The Timeout Drawer, to study ecology at the University of Minnesota. Later that same year, he saw an awesome and inspiring show at Minneapolis' Bedlam Theater. He had an epiphany.

He pulled out the Eventide and the oscilloscope again - this time keen on making actual kickass music that still embodied the trippiness of the drone when viewed on the oscilloscope. After a bunch of technical stuff got sorted out, Sounding Spirals was born. Inspired by contemporary bands like The Notwist and Blonde Redhead and classics like Joy Division and The Cure, Sounding Spirals blends electronic percussion, bass, and melodies with live guitar. For shows, Ray Dybzinski projects the spirographs with a laser mounted in an old kitchen drawer.