Visualizing the Frequencies of Science vs. Music

Here’s a pretty brilliant execution at merging the audio to the visuals because in this instance the music was actually created after the film was made. Although, you’d never know really because the two really work so seamlessly together.

Some of the things they experimented with to get the visuals were so varied. Some I’d heard of and some were completely new. However, watching the video and these beautiful closeups in slow motion were quite mesmerizing indeed. Have you ever heard of a chladni plate? They used that in addition to a speaker dish, a hose pipe, ferro fluid, ruben’s tube, tesla coil and even a $20 static electricity ball for added eye candy. I had no idea some of these things even existed before watching this video. It has also somehow inspired me to want to create my own science experiments just to have fun in the aspect of ‘play.’ They really bring these elements to life, but it’s the music and beautiful imagery which appear to have this synchronicity between them, and this is what connects your ears and eyes while the song and video unfold. The quality of the shots – the editing and composition – matched with the ingenuity of the concept itself is what really takes this music video to a whole new level. Again, it’s astonishing to know that the sound came after the video. Here’s a look at what the artist, Nigel Stanford, says about his inspiration and the back story of how it was made. He went to Shahir Daud, a talented film director in NYC, to produce the video. It’s really quite wild how much discovery and playtime went into making this music video. You have to admire the level they went through to produce such an incredible piece of work. I don’t know which I like better – the film or the song – to be completely honest.

In 1999 I watched a documentary on ‘Synesthesia‘ – a disorder that effects the audio and visual functions of the brain. People with the disorder hear a sound when they see bright colors, or see a color when they hear various sounds… This got me thinking that it would be cool to make a music video where every time a sound plays, you see a corresponding visual element. Many years later, I saw some videos about Cymatics – the science of visualizing audio frequencies, and the idea for the video was born.   ~ Nigel Stanford

Cymatics is the first single from Nigel Stanford’s new album: Solar Echoes Cymatics (from Greekκῦμα “wave”) is the study of visible sound co vibration, a subset of modal phenomena. Typically the surface of a plate, diaphragm, or membrane is vibrated, and regions of maximum and minimum displacement are made visible in a thin coating of particles, paste, or liquid.[1] Different patterns emerge in the excitatory medium depending on the geometry of the plate and the driving frequency. The apparatus employed can be simple, such as the old Chinese spouting bowl, or Chinese singing fountain, in which copper handles are rubbed and cause the copper bottom elements to vibrate.[citation needed] Other examples include the Chladni Plate[2] and the CymaScope. MORE FROM WIKIPEDIA ON CYMATICS…