Science Art: Cymatics, by Nigel Stanford


I’m not really that much of an electronica fan – at least not danceable electronic music – but this video is kind of awesome.

I mean, it’s awesome even though I know a Tesla coil doesn’t really sound like that (it’s a lot gnarlier, but you can still play it like an instrument).

All the experiments are real, Stanford describes them all here (and lets on that the video was filmed before the music was written – they figured out which sounds made the best visuals with each experiment, and then he wrote something to match the kinds of sounds together).

I mean, it has chain mail and fire and artificial lightning. And, you know, science. I mean, modern music is built on science, but this makes it obvious. Look: waves in matter.