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Photographer Uses LED Lights To Capture The Motions Of Musicians
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Photographer Uses LED Lights To Capture The Motions Of Musicians

What does music look like? We’ve all seen visualizations of sound-waves, but what about the motions a person must perform to create music? This what Ontario artist Stephen Orlando managed to successfully capture.

Orlando uses LED lights and long exposures to record a musician’s movement. He attached the lights to special bows and then asked violinists and cellists to play, turning their actions into waves of brilliant light.

“A relative motion between the performer and camera must exist for the light trails to move through the frame,” says Orlando. “I found it easier to move the camera instead of the performer. The LEDs are programmed to change color to convey a sense of time…Each photo is a single exposure and the light trails have not been manipulated in post processing.”

More info: motionexposure.com | Facebook | Instagram (h/t: colossal)

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GlynisLailann
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6 years ago

I think to a deaf person this is wonderful - what music looks like. People with all five senses fully functional often take it for granted that they can hear.

TylerCole
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6 years ago

Except this isn't what music looks like. Those waves represent the movement of the musician's arms, not the actually sound. It looks fantastic, but don't confuse it for being a visual representation of the audio, when it isn't.

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LauraNolan
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6 years ago

Beautiful. :) I especially liked the frames where the printed notes are included in the image, it very much puts it in context for me. :)

micaelags
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6 years ago

Awesome!

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GlynisLailann
Community Member
6 years ago

I think to a deaf person this is wonderful - what music looks like. People with all five senses fully functional often take it for granted that they can hear.

TylerCole
Community Member
6 years ago

Except this isn't what music looks like. Those waves represent the movement of the musician's arms, not the actually sound. It looks fantastic, but don't confuse it for being a visual representation of the audio, when it isn't.

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LauraNolan
Community Member
6 years ago

Beautiful. :) I especially liked the frames where the printed notes are included in the image, it very much puts it in context for me. :)

micaelags
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6 years ago

Awesome!

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