These musical instruments in slow-motion are unexpectedly beautiful

29 December 2014, 13:20

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 gifs and videos.


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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