Trippy: Watching Guitar Strings Oscillate From Inside A Guitar

October 4, 2017


This is 'Stringscapes,' a video released by musician Alan Gogoll of his acoustic guitar's strings oscillating while he plays (thanks to the camera's framerate), with beautiful natural (out of focus) backdrops (previously: another oscillating guitar strings video from several years ago that I had to look up to make sure it wasn't the same one because I'm not an elephant and I don't remember things). Mesmerizing, isn't it? Like a hypnotist waving a pocket watch in front of your eyes. Am I getting sleepy? No, I've already been sleepy all day.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to Griffin, who agrees physics is amazing, but magic is even more so.

  • Tigerh8r

    That really is kewl. I wish they had showed us that in high school Trig, I would have been much less bored!

  • sizzlepants

    I remember playing a guitar under fluorescent lights (which also move in a wave - easier to notice when it's cold) back in the day and noticing that one of the strings would actually turn between blue and orange as it oscillated after being struck.

    It's just one of those weird natural effects where the speed of the oscillating string and the speed of the light create a situation where the silver string moves at a rate that matches specific areas of the colour spectrum.

    And no, we weren't THAT stoned.

  • The_Wretched

    frequency of light
    not the speed

  • sizzlepants

    Apologies for my lack of accurate scientific terms when attempting to explain a phenomena observed under the influence ;)

  • GeneralDisorder

    When I was tripping on acid I was pretty convinced I could see the lights pulsing. I definitely had trouble looking at my computer monitor even though it was running a 75hZ refresh rate at 1280X1024 (over that it would only support 60hZ but I could run 3200X2800 back in 2003 on a CRT monitor)

  • TheQiwiMan

    Just saw this vid posted by Ronald Jenkees on his twitter. Pretty groovy.

  • The_Wretched

    That goes on for a while.

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