Cymatics, the field of making sound waves visible by interpreting them through materials such as water, sand or magnets for their mesmerizing visual and often geometric shapes has gained popularity over the last few years.
This is a serious musical instrument. It rotates everyday things, scans their surfaces, and transforms them into audible frequencies. A variety of everyday objects can be mounted into the instrument. Their silhouettes define loops, melodies and rhythms. Thus mundane things are reinterpreted as musical notation. Playing the instrument is a mixture of practice, anticipation, and serendipity.
Barcelona based artist Neil Harbisson is a self-described cyborgist and colourologist who was born with a condition called achromatopsia which rendered him color blind, leaving him to view the world in black and white. With the help from a device attached to his head which translates color into sound, Neil hears the color of the world via audible frequencies.
Sound is one our favorite topics of discussion here at Shocklee so it was nice to come across this promotional video that our friends at SoundCloud put together where music creators such as Martyn Ware, Imogen Heap, Moby and Tim Exile talk about sound around them.
Peter Neubäcker takes you on a journey of philosophy, math, science, frequencies and spirituality. Hold on to your skull for this one…