Watching Strings Vibrate While This Guitarist Plays Is Delightfully Calming

By mounting a small camera looking out the sound hole of his guitar, musician Alan Gogoll was able to capture the oscillating wave patterns as each string was plucked. The result is a performance that’s as captivating to watch as it is to hear.

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Cramming a camera inside a musical instrument will almost certainly reduce its ability to produce rich, clear tones, but Gogoll is clearly a talented performer who doesn’t seem hindered by the modification in any way. If anything, it adds an entirely new dimension to experiencing these performances.

[YouTube via Laughing Squid]

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davidwizard
davidwizard

Since the strings are vibrating much faster than the frame rate of the camera, the wave patterns we’re seeing have to do with the difference between the camera refresh rate and the string vibration, correct?