Slow motion music: 5 amazing videos of slo-mo instruments


Recently I came across some videos of musical instruments filmed with a high-speed so it can seen in super slow motion. The results are nothing short of jaw dropping! I love this stuff and always get a kick out of seeing things from a new perspective. As musicians we tend to speak a lot about pitch and tuning, but never really get a chance to see strings oscillating at the speeds we are tuning to.

For instance, did you know that when you tune an A String on a guitar, that string is vibrating at 110hz? That means that the string is vibrating 110 time per second to produce that note. That is crazy stuff! Of course, our human eye cannot catch these vibrations quick enough to appreciate them but luckily, these amazing cameras can. The full slow-motion videos are at the bottom of the page, but first enjoy some of the highlights in gifs:

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1. Piano

Here’s what happens when you play a load of piano keys at the same time.
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2. Cymbals

A crash cymbal filmed at 1,000 frames per second (normal video is captured at around 24 fps). This one simply blew my mind.
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3. Tuning Fork

This is a tuning fork as it approaches and touches a glass of water. Absolutely awesome!

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4. Violin Bow & String

I couldn’t believe how dramatic this bowed violin string looked in slow motion. Who would have thought?
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5. Glass Harp

Look closely at this ‘glass harp’ slo-mo and you can actually see the wine glass changing shape.
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