Here’s a fantastic video that was posted on the blog Music Incom plete. It demonstrates cymatics, something I’ve not heard of before, but I’ve seen simple displays of and never thought about. According to Wikipedia:
Cymatics 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. Different patterns emerge in the excitatory medium depending on the geometry of the plate and the driving frequency.
This video is just plain cool. The thing that I really liked about it was how these elements and materials shifted in a way that I have never seen and they changed to the sound of music. The fire and water were really cool to watch. This makes it feel like all of these different things are connected and the music is the glue. I also noticed that the video quality was very nice. Each shot was very specific as you see the right angle that shows you the reaction of these materials to the power of bass and the levels of music. I think it’s a neat way to look at music from a physical stand point. Check it out below!
(Video provided by Nigel John Stanford)