Cymatics (n.): The study of visible sound co vibration.
Cymatics can be demonstrated by laying a thin layer of particles on a metal plate or surface and applying different sound frequencies. These particles then respond to the vibrations. In layman’s terms, cymatics is the reaction that happens when you mix science and music together. The results produce some pretty sick visuals. Honestly, I don’t understand it, but I love it. See for yourself.
1. Cymatics: Visible Sound
This video plays some simple beats to show how their vibrations react with lycopodium, sucrose, and amylose. I have no idea what lycopodium, sucrose, or amylose is but I do know that they look pretty freakin’ sweet when you mix them with these musical vibrations. Also, is it just me or does the amylose look like a bunch of jumping spiders when it moves? It impresses me but it also terrifies me so I’m generally conflicted about the amylose.
2. Reeps One – Move (Cymatics version)
First of all, how does this man make so many noises with his mouth at one time? Most days I’m only trying produce a simple sentence and I can barely handle that. Second of all, the beatboxing mixed with the crazy visuals on the right is almost too much to handle.
2. Cymatics: Science Vs. Music – Nigel Stanford
Yep. I saved the best for last. There are so many things going on here that I can’t explain: the water, the fire, the lightning, especially the lightning. What the heck was going on with the lightning? Regardless, this is the coolest music video I have seen in a really long time. It makes it one hundred times better that all of the visuals are authentic scientific experiments.
Science is cool. Music is cool. When you mix them both together it’s awesome.
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