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25 July 2019, 15:02
It’s weird, it’s chocolatey, and it’s utterly mesmerising – watch this video that combines our two absolute favourite things.
A videographer and food artist has created a mesmerising video (watch above) depicting a spinning and slowly metamorphosing, music-themed chocolate cake – and it’s blowing our minds.
Alexandre Dubosc’s video, titled ‘Freequencies’, opens with a chocolate tuning fork spinning across the screen, before percussive rumbling sounds accompany scenes of spinning chocolate that incorporate familiar music symbols and shapes.
A melody evolves, and at the same time keyboards – with animated chocolate whirling around them – emerge as well.
Layers of music-themed chocolate cake dance, warp and morph to the music, and the cake appears to spin.
It turns out the video is a brilliantly executed optical illusion, known as a zoetrope.
A zoetrope is an optical illusion generated by a sequence of drawings that show the progressive stages of motion.
It was invented in a pre-film era and is a bit like a phénakistoscope – you know, one of those paper discs that turn and rotate drawings so quickly that they start to resemble continuous motion. If you’re still unsure, give it a quick Google.
The mind-bending moments in this beautiful chocolate cake, then, are the result of repeated and varied still images in sequence, rather than the modern and conventional video filming of today. Mind = blown.
Right. We’ve got a fork, can we eat the cake now?