Piano notes made visible for the first time
Music is beautiful isn’t it? The team at CymaScope visualized the dynamic sounds of the piano’s first strike and the eventual plateau and decay phase of different notes. You can listen to the sounds here and watch as the geometric shapes come to life.
Cymascope - Sound Made Visible
Did you see my post about piano notes as visualized via the Cymascope last week? Now with hypnotic animations!
I love when our senses combine to illuminate something that would otherwise be invisible, or worse, ignored. A reminder of the limitations of our senses, and an artistic nod to synesthesia.
Follow that with another example of sound made visible: Beautiful Chladni lines.
Karma is an intriguing sculptural installation by Korean artist Do Ho Suh that presents countless men sitting atop one another while shielding each other’s eyes. Like his Cause & Effect piece, which features a spectacular tornado of figurines, Karmapresents figurative sculptures ascending into the sky like a human ladder. However, in addition to being perched on each other’s shoulders, they are successively blinding one another which leads one to wonder: Why?
The artist has caught our attention over the years with misplaced houses, a robe made of dog tags, and symbolic floorinstallations; but it’s his use of the human form that is most thought-provoking. His work continually questions one’s identity and individuality by using the human body. These stainless steel men, though recognizably different entities, appear to move as one. While the piece is open for interpretation, it makes one question whether the idea behind it is to present the figure of a man blindly following in the path of his ancestors before him, who have risen a step closer to the heavens with each new successor in the lineage.
Photos by Alan Teo
Roman Opałka was a French-born Polish painter who painted numbers. In 1965 he began painting a process of counting – from one to infinity. Starting in the top left-hand corner of the canvas and finishing in the bottom right-hand corner, the tiny numbers were painted in horizontal rows. As of July 2004, he had reached 5.5 million.
Briefly “Anamorphic Typography” is an illusion where the type in the space or any location looks just right when viewed from the exact right spot, but it looks stretched and warped on the walls when viewed from elsewhere in the room. Chicago based designer Thomas Quinn did this famous trick with elegance and good results.
I love this so much
The Origin of Love. Beautifully illustrated.
AMAZING (instant historian’s boner)!
Claude Monet - The Saint-Lazare Station, 1877In 1877, settling in the Nouvelle Athènes area, Claude Monet asked for permission to work in the Gare Saint-Lazare that marked its boundary on one side. Indeed, this was an ideal setting for someone who sought the changing effects of light, movement, clouds of steam and a radically modern motif. From there followed a series of paintings with different viewpoints including views of the vast hall. In spite of the apparent geometry of the metallic frame, what prevails here is really the effects of colour and light rather than a concern for describing machines or travellers in detail. Certain zones, true pieces of pure painting, achieve an almost abstract vision.
“You can hear the trains rumbling in, see the smoke billow up under the huge roofs….That is where painting is today….Our artists have to find the poetry in train stations, the way their fathers found the poetry in forests and rivers” - Emile Zola about Monet’s paintings.