So hey, does the sound of home-made snowflakes tickle your fancy?
Yes you read that right- HOMEMADE SNOWFLAKES! Check this out.
Stunning, eh? The groundbreaking video for British composer Ryan Teague’s atmospheric song, Cascades, is the brainchild of Craig Ward, Linden Gledhill and Jason Tozer.
A typographer and art director by profession, Ward says the sharp twinkling notes of the track instantly made him picture falling snow while also calling to mind some childhood memories of his Grandma’s broken jewelry box that consisted of a partner-less ballerina rotating tremulously to a lonely clockwork soundtrack. Jason Tozer, a kinetic still-life photographer and previous co-conspirator suggested teaming up with bio-chemist cum macro-photography enthusiast, Linden Gledhill. Gledhill, who had already been toying with the idea of manufacturing snowflakes in his basement, rigged an ice-crystal making machine in just a few months’ time.
While the video was shot continuously for four days, only 7 minutes of footage was generated in total, with each shot containing effectively 12 screens of information. “The dancing, contorting trees you see at the beginning of the video are ice structures – most no more than a fraction of a millimetre across – which were grown on the tip of an electrically charged, motorised needle,” Ward says. “The individual fronds follow the paths of electromagnetic field lines generated by the charge of 2000 Volts coursing into the needle. When the trees became heavy enough for gravity to take its toll, they would begin to grow downward, bending and twisting as they went, to eventually meet with fronds of frost that had grown upwards from a chilled metal base along the very same field lines.”
The team used a Hasselblad with two lenses, one macro and one magnifier, connected by two sets of billows and a digital back to capture extreme macro images less than 3 cm wide at 9000 pixels in size.
The result, indeed, is as fascinating as the process itself and beautifully portrays Ward’s innocent interpretation of the music.
[A big thank you to Aayush Gupta for sending this across. Cheers!]
(Source: Wired Magazine)