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“Cymatics” is a music and film experience that explores the effects of music and matter from Nigel Stanford from his album “Solar Echoes”. ‘Cymatics’ is the science of visualizing audio frequencies and their effects on physical materials. All of the experiments in the film are real. Cymatics was shot in 6k resolution on Red Dragon cameras, and finished in 4k / Ultra HD. From Nigel Stanford’s description:
The most unusual part of making Cymatics was the fact that the music was written after the video was filmed. In 1999 I watched a documentary on ‘Synesthesia’ – a disorder that effects the audio and visual functions of the brain. People with the disorder hear a sound when they see bright colors, or see a color when they hear various sounds. I don’t have it (I don’t think), but I have always felt that bass frequencies are red, and treble frequencies are white.
This got me thinking that it would be cool to make a music video where every time a sound plays, you see a corresponding visual element. Many years later, I saw some videos about Cymatics – the science of visualizing audio frequencies, and the idea for the video was born.
In 2013, I approached my friend Shahir Daud, a talented film director working in New York, and asked him if he was interested in collaborating on the video with me. I don’t think he really knew what I was talking about, but happily he said yes, and in July 2013 we started researching the experiments and buying bits and pieces online. Read more and download the album Solar Echoes.
Directed by Shahir Daud. Produced by Shivali Gulab. Cinematographer Timur Civan. Art Director Maggie Rudder Digital Colorist Andrew Francis. Compositor Ferand Peek. Mixed by Michael H. Brauer. Audio engineer Simon Gooding. Sound design Matt Stutter. Music mixed by Michael H. Brauer at Electic Lady Studios, NYC. Mastered by Joe LaPorta at Sterling Sound, NYC. Engineered by Simon Gooding at Rubber Monkey. Return to Thumbnail View.
Cymatics Behind The Scenes
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Academy Award-winning Douglas Trumbull gave a special presentation at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival which included his new 120 frames per second short film “UFOTOG”. From the UFOTOG press release:
“Metamorphosis” is a short film by Tell No One – Luke White and Remi Weekes – that retells through art and film the meeting of goddess Diana and Actaeon in the Venetian Renaissance painting Titian’s Metamorphosis – Diana and Actaeon for The National Gallery, London. The haunting, dream-like film features Ed Speleers (Downton Abbey) and Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies). Winner of the Golden Lion at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, the captivating film is a visual art collaboration between White and Weekes and has been featured in the Guggenheim and the British Film Institute.
“Goodbye to Language” (Adieu au Language) is a new metaphorical film by legendary filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard that generally follows the story of a man and his wife who no longer speak the same language. Eventually a dog they ‘adopt’ intervenes and speaks. From the Unifrance description:
“Reinvent Hollywood” is a new six-part interactive web series devoted to the understanding of and activism for changing the way the entertainment system works. The six episodes will cover these topics – The Form, The Artists, The Audience, The Business, The Festivals, Schools, Non-Profits, and The Rules of the Game – and poses the question: “If we could redesign the film industry into the best possible system for artists, the audience and society at large, what would it look like?” From the series’ description:
The film industry remains stuck in 20th century models, some dating back more than 100 years, despite the utter transformation of other media businesses due to digital technologies and the distribution system of the Internet. The system as it exists now is completely optimized for middlemen like the studios and built around a star system where the very few are super-empowered but the vast majority of other artists are barely making a living.
The entire ecosystem that has built up around the film and motion picture industry is long overdue for fundamental change. Reinventors is participating with Fandor in this ambitious project because Fandor fully understands the digital transformation that’s in motion and is helping create the world that is to come.
Produced and hosted by Ted Hope. Series begins May 28th, 2014. Return to Thumbnail View.