Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Meara O'Reilly's Chladni singing

"Chladni patterns were discovered by Robert Hook and Ernst Chladni in the 18th and 19th centuries. They found that when they bowed a piece of glass covered in flour, (using an ordinary violin bow), the powder arranged itself in resonant patterns according to places of stillness and vibration. Today, Chladni plates are often electronically driven by tone generators and used in scientific demonstrations, but with carefully sung notes (and a transducer driving the plate), I'm able to explore the same resonances." - Meara O'Reilly

Here is a video of O'Reilly making amazing, shifting geometric patterns by singing a sequence of notes:

1 comment:

Leigh said...

How astonishing! This must surely illustrate the significance of exposure to good music - or bad, for that matter. I wonder what effect it has on the development of brain structure, especially at an early age, not to mention its effect on the singer's own brain!