Science Art and Sound: 4 impressive
For a long time I wanted to do a cycle dedicated to acoustic Science Art. We periodically touched on the topic on the pages of this blog, but, as a rule, casually, now there was a desire to write about it systematically. This review will tell you about four Science Art projects, one way or another related to the sound that most impressed me over the past few years.
If there is a reader's interest, then we will continue to talk about the sound Science Arts. Under the cut, details of the musicality of the binary code, the bold Swiss photographer, the project that glorified Nigel Stanford, and the Italian, the mix of voices of Soviet cosmonauts in dedication to Tsiolkovsky.
material about robots playing music . Now we are talking about the video "Kimatika", which was created in the framework of the project of the same name. One can say with certainty that this is one of the most popular and successful projects popularizing science and, perhaps, the most famous among musical ones.
To prevent misunderstanding, I note at once that Stanford's experiments are scientifically grounded and have nothing in common with parascience, except for the name "Kimatika" and the use of the figures of Khladni.
Stanford says that initially he had the idea to combine a musical theme with some aesthetic visualizations. After a period of creative searches, the most suitable were the figures of Hladni, created by acoustic resonance, liquid and flame from burning gas, which are also capable of taking beautiful bizarre shapes under the influence of waves pressure (i.e., sound).
To conduct spectacular physical experiments for the video "Kimatika", it was necessary to turn the studio into a sort of laboratory. The result did not keep itself waiting. Stanford used the sanded plate of Chladni, attached to the speaker. On it, under the influence of resonances at certain frequencies, different patterns appeared.
Under the influence of LF, the shape of the water jet pouring from the subwoofer changed. No less interesting effects were noticeable under the influence of sound on a ferromagnetic liquid and frozen vodka. Rubens and Propane pipes and a sphere of plasma were also used as expressive means. The experiment with the coil of Tesla in Faraday's mail was completed.
From the clip was not only cultural and aesthetic, but also educational benefit. It allows you to see how pressure waves and resonances act, and also encourages people who are not familiar with these phenomena to ask questions about their nature. Not many people know that Stanford wrote music after the creation of the video series.
Noisy prelude or 18 minutes of binary code
In the framework of Polytech.Science.Art in 201? there was a poorly noticed event in the media, but very impressed me - the scientific performance "System Introspection", which was conducted by the Institute of Media, Architecture and Design "Strelka" and Polytech. Within the framework of the action, Nikolay Megre broadcast on the audience an atonal-noise work created from binary code.
Organizers argued that the idea of the action is to artistically present the hypothesis that all numerical information is reflected in the material world. Someone from the reacted media even wrote that "you hardly saw this" (I suppose they meant "heard").
Meanwhile, who in his Soviet childhood out of curiosity or mistakenly included a cassette with the recording of games from the zx-spectrum, probably heard something very close to what Nicolas Megre played in 2015. On the artistic and musical value can be argued, but I personally liked the project, do not listen to it daily, but like a wild avant-garde - it's rolling, and memories of the old Spectrum
Bad sector - conceptualism is not a genre, but an expressive tool
The experimental project of the Italian musician, music researcher and engineer Massimo Magrini, I believe, is known to many. I first heard the music of the Italian and his band back in the 90's and was dumbfounded. Later, it was thanks to his works that I got acquainted with the Soviet synthesizers Aelita and ANS. A bold approach to noise experiments and composer talent left many indifferent.
Magrini is known as a popularizer of science, and in particular astronomy and astronautics. And the vast majority of my friends who listened to the Bad sector were seriously carried away by the cosmos, just listening to several tracks. At the same time, Massimo repeatedly confirmed his love for the theme of space not only in his work, but also in an interview.
Interestingly, Magrini is a famous fan of the Soviet space program, as evidenced by the release of the "Kosmodrom" dedicated to Tsiolkovsky. The album is recorded with the help of the Soviet synthesizer "Aelita" and contains samples with the voices of Soviet cosmonauts, it's easy to catch the radio in the track: "Spring is one! Spring is one! I am the Seagull! ".
The bad sector can be called with some stretch the Science Art project in the classical view. At the same time, the approaches that Massimo Magrini uses to create tracks allow us to speak of him as one of the first representatives of the Science Art in music after Lev Termin, Kurinniemi and enthusiasts of the 60s-70s. Among other things, Massimo uses tracks to record radio programs from satellites, echocardiograms, sounds of industrial and military facilities.
Fabian Efner - research photography of sound
Fabian Efner is an artist, photographer, researcher, experimenter, popularizer of science, a bright representative of the European Science Art. In one of his projects, like the first hero of today's post, he decided to visualize the sound. At the same time, Efner, as a photographer, decided to fix the pressure waves in the picture static.
To fix it, he used a speaker and small colored crystals of salt. The trembling of the loudspeaker membrane sends sand grains of salt into the air and allows you to photograph the sound wave developed in this way.
The stand for the artistic experiment is simple as everything is genius: the camera's descent is synchronized with the microphone, the signal from which triggers a colored suspension in flight on a sound wave.
Despite the seeming simplicity, hundreds of photos were needed to realize the idea, only 10 successful shots were selected from them. In my opinion, the result was worth the effort.
The result is
In Science Art a lot of interesting trends, to me, by virtue of our specifics, are especially close to projects, one way or another related to sound. I will be grateful for a lively discussion on the topic. If the topic is interesting, I will continue to introduce you to acoustic projects in Science Art. Special thanks to the popularizer of science Alexander Shcherbin ensemb - his video pushed to create a pilot post.
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