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Ruben’s Tube


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Jared Ficklin



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Infografia Rubens Tube


Synesthesia is a rare neurological condition that leads stimulation in one sensory pathway to trigger an experience in another. Basically, a short-circuiting in the brain that enables suchstrange phenomena like perceiving letters and numbers as inherently colored (color-graphemic synesthesia) or hearing sounds in response to visual motion. More than 60 types of synesthesia have been identified, with one of the most common being the cross-sensory experience of color and sound — “hearing” color or “seeing” music. These neurological eccentricities, however, can often be a source of tremendous artistic inspiration. Today, we look at three mesmerizing near-synesthetic ways of experiencing sound and color.

1 Visualización de la música

What makes strange phenomena like synesthesia all the more fascinating is that they raise unsettling questions about some of the most fundamental givens of the “normal” brain: Does color even exist, or is it merely a product of our fancy? Do things have i nherent, static smells, tastes, sounds and colors, or do we arbitrarily intuit those from our own minds to attribute to them? Are life’s sensory qualities static and permanent — is the sky always blue, lemons always sour — or are they fluid and dynamic attributes on a spectrum we just happen to experience arbitrary slices of?

Frédéric Chopin Berceuse, opus 57

Since 1985, composer, inventor and software engineer Stephen Malinowski has been bringing an intuitive, visceral understanding to classical music’s greatest masterpieces. His Music Animation Machine, which we have featured previously, distills some of the most complex compositions in music history into digestible, beautiful visualizations. “Music moves, and can be understood just by listening. But a conventional musical score stands still, and can be understood only after years of training. The Music Animation Machine bridges this gap, with a score that moves — and can be understood just by watching.” ~ Stephen Malinowski Malinowski has made the MIDI player available as downloadable freeware (alas, no Mac version) to encourge people to create their own visualizations. There’s even a free visual harmonizer for iPad — a wonderful educational tool exploring the relationship between pitches.

Frédéric Chopin Etude, opus 10, #8

Franz Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody #2

From Sounds to Images

In his day job, Jared Ficklin makes user interfaces at frog design. As a hobby, he explores what music looks like ... in light, in shapes, in fire. Jared Ficklin


"I am intrigued by the idea of eliminating time and allowing listeners to take in an entire song as a single visual impression. The result reveals an unseen beauty." Jared Ficklin

Jared Ficklin is a Senior Principal Design Technologist at frog, where he builds user experiences for clients, playing with interactions including touch and multi-touch, and applying physics to enhance the user experience. A passion for music and making things introduced him to the hobby of sound visualization, which has led him on occasion to play with fire. (As Flash on the Beach puts it, "Jared Ficklin’s sonic experiments stood out for

their individuality, drama and casual disregard for health and safety.") Every March in Austin, Texas, Ficklin organizes the frog party, a collective social experiment for a few thousand people attending SXSW Interactive. It's a formof playful R&D for social technology. And he has spent 10 years helping fund, design and build quality free public skateparks for Austin as part of the Austin Public Skatepark Action Committee.

Jared Ficklin demonstraiting his Ruben Tube

Jared Ficklin at TED2012 Jared Ficklin‘s passions are music, technology, and making things. And he brings them together to visualize sound — with fire. Real fire on stage. He’s built a Ruben Tube, a long copper pipe with a hundred holes on it, attached to a tank of propane. He turns on a tune at 550 Hertz, and the tube responds, showing a standing wave of fire.

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(The audience applauds hesitantly, and Ficklin assures them, “It’s ok to applaud the laws of physics.”) Then he gets to the real fire: a fire table, and he puts on some jazz, to show us the eigenmodes, gentle waves that respond to this music. It’s a subtly beautiful response to the jazz guitar he puts on. And we learn: “Jazz is better with fire. Actually, most things are better with fire.”

Jared Ficklin demonstraiting his Ruben Tube

He also took the entire Cambridge lectures of Stephen Hawking, rendered all the sound, and placed a star at the end of every sentence. Then he removed everything but the stars, and produced a beautiful rendering that looks exactly like a Hubble photo. Enough people thought the image was fake that he created an interactive version, where you can go in and pick a star and hear the sentence that generated it. Finally, he shows the beginning of a TEDTalk, with the sound off but the sound visualization below, and demonstrated just how easy it was to see the patterns of music, applause and speech. Because, as he says: “Eyes can hear.�

Infographic : Ruben’s Tube A Rubens' tube, also known as a standing wave flame tube, or simply flame tube, is an antique physics apparatus for demonstrating acoustic standing waves in a tube. Invented by German physicist Heinrich Rubens in 1905, it graphically shows the relationship between sound waves and sound pressure, like a primitive oscilloscope. Today it is only used occasionally, as a demonstration in physics education.



Infografia Rubens Tube


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Tube with holes

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