Have you heard of the cymascope? It is an instrument that makes music visible, creating detailed 3D impressions of sound vibrations. Music is represented not as waves, as is commonly believed, but as beautiful holographic bubbles, with shimmering kaleidoscopic patterns on their surface.
See the rapidly expanding musical sphere captured in a frozen moment above. The interior reveals a beautiful and complex structure representing the rich harmonic nature of violin music.
The cymascope uses a high definition camera to monitor the effect of an individual sound’s particular vibrations on purified water. Due to the high surface tension of the water, the harmonics of a particular sound create a unique imprint and just like snowflakes no two sounds are alike.
New Zealand artist Shannon Novak commissioned pictures to be made of the notes of a chromatic scale on the piano and these will be blown up in size for a series of 12 musical canvasses. He said: ‘I have always been fascinated with the translation of that which is invisible, into something visible that individuals can relate to, in particular, the representation of sound through colour and geometric form.
Further information on the cymascopec can be found in this Daily Mail story.