It has for long been proven that music is way more than just a casual pastime for our souls. There is a science behind it where each of the notes and frequencies have a specific role to play in the resultant melody. Infact scientists often highlight the ability of music in stimulating decision making abilities among living beings. As a matter of fact, I myself feel fascinated when i think of how certain rhythms/beats can spark new energies in me. But apart from such aural stimulations in my mind, never ever did i witness this phenomena come to life, visually. Hence those audio visualizers of old came to me as pure gimmicks, with little reason or logic behind the scaling bars. Apparently, i was very very wrong.
Recently, I was introduced to Cymatics, a branch of science dedicated to ‘visualizing audio frequencies’. A bevy of media ranging from exotic fluids, sand particles and fire are made use of in depicting the impact music can have on inanimate objects. The branch reveals a strange yet beautiful symmetry at work in nature. Thus all natural formations around us, be it hidden shapes inside snowflakes or interstellar cloud formations in space aren’t anything random, but they have a perfect science behind them. Its hard to conclude if all of these are purely out of vibrations, yet they do strike us in the introspective mode about reality.
Fascinated by the study, John Stanford, an independent musician from New Zealand embarked upon the herculean task of creating a video on the same. ”In 1999 I watched a documentary on ‘Synesthesia‘ – a disorder that affects 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. I don’t have it (I don’t think), but I have always felt that bass frequencies are red, and treble frequencies are white. 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.
He spoke to his friend Shahir Daud, a talented film director from New York, who from the word go, was as eager to to work upon Cymatics as his own self. The resultant is an absolute genius of a fusion between science, cinema and music. The brilliant cinematography coupled with the adrenaline pumping soundtrack make this video an absolute eye candy. Speaking of the soundtrack, its hard to believe that John worked upon the same after the video was shot. This comes as a surprise since the actual aim of the video was to capture the effect various sounds have on the many diverse objects around us. Check out the hose pipe experiment above where John and his team struggle about recording the tunneling formation of water in lines with a drum kick.
There were a bevy of experiments conducted on a number of objects. Some were troublesome to capture, such as the water one above, while some were totally badass and downright daring. After all who’d want to experiment with the already unpredictable Tesla’s coil or play with fire to bring about a real time equalizer? All in all, Stanford amalgamates all that is striking about Cymatics into one enthralling video clip that deserves as much attention as the praise! Stay tuned with Hashingtag more of such mind-numbing stuff.