How do musicians visualize music?

Fascinating visualization of music possible

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Composer Nigel Stanford assigns visible effects to sound tracks

Flames: make frequencies visible (Photo: N. Stanford

Wellington (pte002 / 11/18/2014 / 06:05) - The musician Nigel Stanford provides completely new visual impressions of sounds in his music video for the title "Cymatics". Because in it, audio tracks are assigned certain visualizations so that sound waves become visible in a fascinating way.

Connect hearing with the sense of sight

In the past, scientific experiments have already given an impression of obtaining a certain visual impression from sounds. The best example in theory are sound waves, of which there is a practical idea, but cannot really be made visible. The New Zealand musician Stanford has combined six audio tracks with different visualizations in his new music video in order to unite the hearing with the sense of sight.

"In 1999 I saw a documentary about a disability that involved audio and visual functions of the brain. People with the disability heard a sound when they looked at light colors - others saw a color when they looked at a particular one Heard the sound, "explains the musician. For him, bass frequencies had always been assigned a red assignment, but he always imagined treble frequencies as white.

Make targeted use of vibrations

Stanford and music video director Shahir Daud used completely different visualizations for the different audio tracks of the song Cymatics. The keyboard track used a thin metal plate that vibrated every time sound waves passed over it. The bass track was displayed on an amplifier with the help of a water container. The surface ripples with every bass note. Frozen vodka was also used here for different frequencies.

A water hose attached to a subwoofer visualizes the drum kit with its jerky deformations. In order to generate this illusion of complete bending, the video frame rate and the wave had to match. 25 Hertz were set for this by Stanford. Flickering flames generated by the gas embody the sounds of the organ and complete the visualization of many different sounds.