Megan shared the video below with me today and I just had to pass it along – before you press play, though, consider these visible sound phenomena…
- Ultrasound: ever wonder how those in utero fetal pictures work? It’s sort of like the way bats “see” – by bouncing sound waves and their echoes off mom’s insides to construct an image of baby.
- SONAR: same basic bat principle is used underwater to navigate, communicate and detect other objects (like enemy submarines and such).
- Synesthesia: a perceptive ability that allows some people to “see” numbers, letters, days of the week, etc. as colors.
- Sonic Booms: under certain circumstances, when objects cross the sound barrier, the boom will create visible waves (see it here at about 1:49).
So, all of these things are interesting in their way, but not really anything the bulk of us can relate to easily (my simple explanations probably miss a whole LOT of important points). This video, though, shows sound in a way I never imagined! Watch for how the different notes and tempos change the shape of the strings. I couldn’t help but wonder if the player would alter the effect – say, if a woman or child was playing (smaller hands, gentler touch) or if a different type of instrument would produce a different pattern? I have no conclusions – just thought it was fascinating…