What does music look like? That’s the question German photographer Martin Klimas sought to answer with this high-speed photography series.
First, puddles of paint were positioned on a sheet of plastic over a speaker’s diaphragm. Then, Klimas selected a piece of music and turned up the volume. The vibration of the speaker caused the paint to jump up into beautiful expressionist patterns like a fountain of sound waves.
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About 1,000 shots were taken before the final images took shape in his studio in Düsseldorf. Klimas named each photograph after the song that was played to produce the effect.
Check out some of the visually captured explosions of sound below!