by Inigo del Castillo in New Music on Tuesday 18 February 2014

What does music look like? Certainly not a bunch of notes and lines like we previously believed. Actually it looks more like a 3D Jackson Pollock painting. The images of multi-coloured globs of paint are from the man they call the ‘3D Jackson Pollock’, artist Martin Klimas. To find out what sound looks like, he placed a transparent scrim over the diaphragm of a speaker.

Then he chooses a song and cranks up the volume, making the splashes of colour jump to the beat of music, all the while capturing it on camera. His playlist varied from Miles Davis to Karlheinz Stockhausen to Kraftwerk. I wonder what Lady Gaga’s music looks like?

All in all, Klimas spent around 6 months and 1,000 shots to finish the series in his studio in Dusseldorf, Germany. He says he owes his body of work to the influence of Hans Jenny, the father of Cymatics, the study of sound waves and vibration. Though don’t try this at home, kids. He blew out two speakers in the making of this series.