Saturday, April 23, 2016

Collection SS2016: Bonnes Vibrations

Pierre Marie’s intriguing, complex composition is inspired, he says, by "the invisible forces of Nature".

In the 18th century, the German physician Ernst Florens Friedrich Chladni (the inventor of a musical instrument known as the euphon, and the author of a treatise on acoustics) performed an unusual experiment. He took a copper disc, sprinkled it with fine sand and ran a violin bow along its outer edge.  The resulting musical vibrations had a surprising side effect: the sand particles organized themselves into geometric patterns, known today as Chladni figures. 

"Imagine my astonishment, when I saw what no man had ever seen before" he declared.  "A ten- or twelve-pointed star appeared before my eyes".  Pierre Marie presents his own interpretation of Chladni’s ' "geometry of sound".

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