Nigel Stanford is a musician with a strong passion for science. That combination has led to a video that is currently going viral. It shows Stanford manipulating matter with music.
“In 1999 I watched a documentary on Synesthesia — a disorder that effects the audio and visual functions of the brain,” says Stanford, a man some call a musical genius.
“People with the disorder hear a sound when they see bright colours, 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 visualising audio frequencies — and the idea for the video was born.”