Cymatics: Music vs Science

13th January 2015

Cymatics (from Greek: κῦμα "wave") is the study of visible sound co vibration, a subset of modal phenomena. 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.

We've discovered a bit of physics fun this morning with this really cool video that combines science and sound in a really cool way. Nigel Stanford, a musician from Wellington, New Zealand takes advantage of the laws on physics to create these incredible looking visual effects. The video, Cymatics shot in 6k resolution on Red Dragon cameras, shows the effects that sound can have with 6 different effects: Chladni Plate; Speaker Dish; Hose Pipe; Ferro Fluid; Ruben's Tube and Tesla Coil.

We seriously recommend the video below and if you don't believe that the effects are real (we didn't!) check out Nigel Standford's website, where behind the scenes videos prove that these effects are real. 

Struggling with your physics? Check out our physics and science revision songs to further your learning! 


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