The Science Of Sound: Cymatics – Nigel Stanford

shockwebpic_cymaticsnigelstanfordCymatics, 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.

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The Making Of The Big Sound Of Interstellar

shockwebpic_soundofinterstellarThe SoundWorks crew explores the sound of Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi film Interstellar. First, a video interview with supervising sound editor and sound designer Richard King about the mix, sound design and foley aspects. To follow that, a conversation with composer Hans Zimmer about the very intentional approach to the sound, his collaboration with the crew and how they recorded a pipe organ at the Temple Church in London.

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► Sounds From A Comet: This Is What 67P Sounds Like

shockwebpic_philaesonificationIf a comet hurls through space and nobody’s there to hear it, does it make a sound?

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What Does Sound Look Like? See With This Photographic Technique

shockleewebpic_whatdoessoundlooklikeSee the invisible and take a look at what sound waves look like thanks to a cool high-speed photographic technique called Schlieren Flow visualization which shows the change in air density as sound waves travel through the air. The technique was developed by German physicist August Toepler between 1859 and 1864.

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► The Cosmic Vibrations Of Sun Ra: Audio Documentary

shockleewebpic_sunracosmicvibrationsFrom Stylus, a series about sound, music, and listening on 90.9 WBUR, Boston’s NPR News Station comes this short audio documentary on Sun Ra which our own Hank Shocklee was asked to be a part of.

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Wake Up Feeling Great: The 90 Minute Rule For Sleep

shockleewebpic_wakeupgreatHow can you wake up feeling rested, alert and not groggy? Try the 90 minute rule method, scheduling your sleep time in blocks of 90 minutes so you can wake up in harmony with your natural sleep cycles.

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If The Moon Were Only 1 Pixel

shockleewebpic_ifthemoonwere1pixelWe came across this interactive infographic by Josh Worth which he calls a tediously accurate scale model of the solar system and it’s totally worth your time if you have a few minutes to get scrolling.

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Sonic Water: Studies Of Visible Sound & Vibrations

shockleewebpic_sonicwaterSonic Water is an interactive installation by Sven Meyer [Elfenmaschine & kymat.de] and Kim Pörksen [Piece of Cake] that creates an interactive environment for visualizing sound and vibrations that reminds us that sound is truly physical.

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Enter To Win A Free Copy Of The Music Producer’s Survival Guide

shockleewebpic_brianbookcontestWe are giving away 3 copies of the The Music Producer’s Survival Guide: Chaos, Creativity, and Career in Independent and Electronic Music a new book by Brian Jackson, which offers tips for today’s music producers. The book covers a variety of topics and features some wisdom from our own Hank Shocklee on creating the right environment for developing your projects.

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Music Improves Athletic Performance

shockleewebpic_musicimprovesathleticIf you haven’t been incorporating music into your fitness and training routines you may want to start now. Music is found to improve athletic performance by relieving anxiety, enhancing mood and stimulating your cognitive and physical state. It’s no wonder you see pro athletes wearing their headphones before the games and big competitions.

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