Visualizing Sound: Martin Klimas' Sonic Sculptures Series

Visualizing Sound: Martin Klimas' Sonic Sculptures Series

German photographer Martin Klimas is known for his work surrounding high speed photography to capture moments otherwise invisible to the human eye. His project, Sonic Sculptures, enables the viewer to visualize the impact of sound as streams of colorful paint are thrown upward by sound waves from a speaker.

After splashing paint on stretched canvas suspended over a speaker, Klimas turns the music up to full volume. As the vibrations from the speaker to throw the paint upwards, the resulting intricate patterns are captured in his high-speed photographs. While each individual photograph is quite interesting, the project becomes truly fascinating when the photographs are compared and the differences in pattern between songs are revealed.

Charlie-Parker-“Ornithology“-Martin-Klimas "Ornithology" Charlie Parker

Daft-Punk-_Around-the-World-Martin-Klimas "Around the World" Daft Punk

Grace-Jones-“Slave-To-The-Rhythm“-Martin-Klimas "Slave to the Rhythm" Grace Jones

James-Brown-“Sex-Machine“-Martin-Klimas "Sex Machine" James Brown

Jimi-Hendrix-“House-Burning-Down“-Martin-Klimas "House Burning Down" Jimi Hendrix

John-Cage-Twenty-Three-Martin-Klimas "Twenty Three" John Cage

Carl-Orff-“Carmina-Burana“-Martin-Klimas "Carmina Burana" Carl Orff

John-Coltrane-Ascension-Martin-Klimas "Ascension" John Coltrane

JS-Bach-“Toccata-und-Fuge-D-Moll“-Martin-Klimas "Toccata und Fuge d-Moll" JS Bach

Karlheinz-Stockhausen-from-“Sirius“-Martin-Klimas from "Sirius" Karlheinz Stockhausen

Kraftwerk-“Transistor”-from-“Radio-Activity”-Martin-Klimas "Transistor" Kraftwerk

Massive-Attack-Angel-Martin-Klimas "Angel" Massive Attack

Miles-Davis-“Bitches-Brew”-Martin-Klimas "Bitches Brew" Miles Davis

Miles-Davis-“Pharaoh’s-Dance”-from-“Bitches-Brew”-Martin-Klimas "Pharaoh's Dance" Miles Davis

Ornette-Coleman-“Free-Jazz-A-Collective-Improvisation“-Side-A-Martin-Klimas "Free Jazz, A Collective Improvisation, Side A" Ornette Coleman

Paul-Hindemith-“Ludus-Tonalis”-Martin-Klimas "Ludus Tonalis" Paul Hindemith

Philip-Glass-“Music-with-changing-Parts-Martin-Klimas "Music with Changing Parts" Philip Glass

Pink-Floyd-“On-the-run“-Martin-Klimas "On the Run" Pink Floyd

Pink-Floyd-“Time-Martin-Klimas "Time" Pink Floyd

Prince-“Sign-O-the-Times“-Martin-Klimas "Sign O' the Times" Prince

Richard-Wagner-“Ride-of-the-Valkyries-Martin-Klimas "Ride of the Valkyries" Richard Wagner

Steve-Reich-and-Musicians-“Drumming”-Martin-Klimas "Drumming" Steve Reich

Terry-Riley-“A-Rainbow-in-curved-Air“-Martin-Klimas "A Rainbow in Curved Air" Terry Riley

Velvet-Underground-and-Nico-“Run-Run-Run“-Martin-Klimas "Run Run Run" The Velvet Underground and Nico

For those curious about Klimas' process, here are a few behind-the-scenes shots of his setup:

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All images used with permission.

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Gregory L'Esperance's picture

Fascinating series. Interesting to consider how the various colors of paint are sonically 'induced' into their various physical contortions relative to the musical style and genre being utilized.

Thaddeous Jordan's picture