Hang onto your thinking caps because this is the most sciencetastically awesome music video we’ve ever seen. Entitled “CYMATICS: Science Vs. Music”, it was directed by Shahir Daud for the “Cymatics” track from New Zealand-born musician Nigel Stanford’s new album Solar Echoes. There are no special effects happening here. It’s all practical science, a very stylish and completely awesome application of the science of Cymatics, which is the science of visualizing audio frequencies and vibrations.
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.
Sound and vibration both travel in waves. Cymatics shows us those waves and they’re beautiful. In this video they take the form of sand, water, ferrofluid, fire and electric currents. All of the scientific experiments conducted in this stunning video are real. If you’re anything like us, you won’t be able to look away until it’s over and then you’ll watch it again. If Tesla could see it, he’d be dancing.
Head over to the Cymatics page of Nigel Stanford’s website for lots of equally fascinating behind-the-scened videos.