CYMATICS : Decoding the Science behind the Music
BY SUBHENDU DUTTA
The Last quarter of 2014 witnessed a spectacular demonstration of Science and Music through a music video by Nigel Stanford titled “Cymatics : Science Vs. Music” which went Viral on Youtube and created quite a buzz on Social Media. Let us take a minute to understand what all this hype is about. Before that, just checkout the video:
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Wikipedia says Cymatics is the study of visible sound co vibration. 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.
^ Understood anything?
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Don’t worry we didn’t either! Should have paid attention during Science Class
Moving on, the USP of this video was that every instrument or tune has a visual element linked to it. The producers confessed the music was born AFTER the whole video was shot. Through meticulous research and experimentation bit by bit they pieced together the components which ultimately culminated into this amazing video. Many of us might be familiar with some of these experiments but the sheer visual experience of water dancing to the beat, or flames pulsating like waves is something that must be seen to believe.
The various experiments seen are summarized here:
1. Chaldni Plate
2. Hose Pipe
3. Speaker Dish
4. Ferro Fluid
5. Plasma Ball
6. Ruben’s tube
7. Tesla Coil
If only science class were this fun! Just imagine the teacher starting up a Tesla coil while the whole class is wearing chain mail armour waiting to be zapped.