These musical instruments in slow-motion are unexpectedly beautiful

11 May 2017, 14:14

Cymbal slow motion

By Tim Edwards

Music, but played molto, molto largo. Here's the proof that music is spectacular and awe-inspiring in slow motion.

To gain a new perspective on musical instruments, nothing beats a high-speed camera. And for your enjoyment and fascination, we have lots of gifs and videos for you to marvel at...

 

Viola string

 

Viola – but in epic slow motion

Slow mo teaser for Time Unwrapped at Kings Place.

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Cymbal

 

What does a cymbal look like in slow motion?

A teaser for Time Unwrapped at Kings Place.

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Here's some fun gifs too...
 

The violin string

A violin G-string does an impression of a skipping rope. Disclaimer: the photographer has detuned the string to give it a more impressive oscillation.

 

The cymbal crash

The ride - a staple of the jazz rhythm section at 1,000 frames per second. 

 

A tuning fork

A440 meets water in its static state. Pretty drops ensue.

 

The wine glass

The changing shape of a ‘glass harp’ as it absorbs and refracts the pressure of a sliding finger. 

 

The cello string

The vibrations of Bach solo suite, complete with a puff of rosin dust. Lovely.

 

The piano 

A load of piano keys at the same time. Proof that cluster chords sometimes look better than they sound (but please don't tell Eric Whitacre we said that). 

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Pretty good huh? Here are the full videos. Enjoy!

 

Violin string slow motion

 

Cymbal slow motion

 

Tuning fork slow motion

 

Glass harp slow motion

 

Cello slow motion

 

Piano slow motion

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