One of the best things about the interwebs is that it’s filled with lots of groovy stuff. I mean, sure, it’s also filled with lots of crap and bunches of snooze. But some stuff is so ninjarific that it just begs to be shared.
Thus the advent of the Now That’s Ninjarific series.
Now I have a place to share the awesomesauce stuff I bump into with some of my favorite people ever.
Woot! Yay! And woohoo!
Some of the aforementioned grooviness is sound stuff. Some of it’s not. All of it’s totally ninjarific. It sort of has to be to qualify for an installment of Now That’s Ninjarific, right?
So can I just say yay about this being the premier edition of the Now That’s Ninjarific series? Because I’m kooky excited.
Ok, time to dive straight into the awesome…
Water + Sound = WOW!
Here’s a fantabulous video that shows the mind-blowingly cool work of Alexander Lauterwasser, who studies the affect of sound on water. And by mind-blowingly cool I mean will literally blow your mind.
I know that studying the effects of sound on water may sound like total snooze. Except it’s not.
This is really more like water being sculpted by sound. It’s like some kind of freakishly beautiful sound/water art.
There’s no trick photography or computer-enhanced anything. This is 100% pure sound. And 100% pure awesome.
Words fail me here. So just check out the video.
The video is in German, but no worries if you don’t speak German. The images speak for themselves. And they say oh my god, we’re so frakking fabulous!
And his book Water Sound Images is a must have for people who dig sound. Or water. Or beautiful things.
I have two words for you – acoustic levitation.
Do I really have to say anything else?
Because I shouldn’t. And if I do, I’ll probably say something like sound shifts stuff and lifts stuff. And that’s crazy corny. So please don’t make me say it.
Go. Click. Now.
The doctor (and his singing bowl) will see you now
Here’s a read-worthy interview with Dr. Mitch Gaynor.
Dr. Gaynor is an oncologist who also happens to be the Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Weill-Medical College of Cornell University.
So he’s a big time-ey doctor. He’s also big time-ey smart about the healing power of sound.
Dr. Gaynor uses singing bowls with his patients. He’s seen some pretty awe-inspiring of sound shifting stuff – like people who were basically sent home to die by other doctors getting well and living gorgeous lives.
Dr. Gaynor has also written one of my favorite books ever on sound healing.
The stars are singing
Well, not so much the stars as a black hole. One of those everything-that-enters-it-goes-we-don’t-know-where kind of black holes.
Apparently when it’s not busy swallowing stuff faster than Bermuda Triangle, there’s a black hole in the Perseus cluster that’s singing. In the key of B-flat.
Dr. Andrew Fabian and his buddies at the Institute of Astronomy in England discovered this galactic body that has a propensity for belting out tunes. And using their scientific mojo, they figured out that this black hole must love to sing. Because it pretty much does it all the time.
A black hole. Singing. In space.
And even though its song is a million billion times lower than what human ears can hear, this discovery of singing interstellar bodies totally qualifies as ninjarific.
Coolest. Drum. Ever.
Get a load of the HAPI drum.
Short for Hand Activated Percussion Instrument, this may just be the coolest drum ever. It sounds a little like a steel drum, and looks a lot like a UFO. And no matter how you slice it, the HAPI drum is a total rockstar.
I absolutely must have some HAPI lurve of my very own. And when it happens, you’ll know it. Because you will hear me screaming with sheer delight and banging my new HAPI drum like a drunken fool.
I am a not a hippie
I like incense. Even though a friend of mine insists that this means I’m a hippie. Clearly, I am not a hippie. And clearly, my friend is all kinds of mistaken.
But when I want to satisfy my totally non-hippie interest in smelly stuff, I go to Essence of the Ages. Because they pretty much have the best incense in the world.
And lots of it. Like hundreds and hundreds of different kinds. From literally everywhere.
And this is the good stuff too. Not the stuff that makes your head pound, your eyes water and your cat hate you. That kind of incense sucks.
And then there’s the aloeswood incense by Scented Mountain. Which not only smells like heaven, but it’s also the first cultivated aloeswood incense. Which means people aren’t illegally cutting down ancient, endangered trees to make it. Because that kind of incense sucks too.
Neo, take the red pill
I have seriously saved the best for last.
Behold the Tone Matrix.
(cue the choir of angels singing from on high)
I found this on Twitter thanks to the super smart @kirstinbutler who has a knack for sharing the best links ever.
The Tone Matrix is a ridiculously cool bit of Flash magic that turns your computer into a synthesizer.
A computer synthesizer. Big deal, right?
This little nugget of awesome, created by André Michelle, lets you make music on your computer based on visual patterns you create by highlighting squares on a matrix – a matrix of glorious, gorgeous tone. As you change the pattern, the music changes too.
The Tone Matrix was inspired by Yamaha’s Tenori-On. The Tenori-On is definitely cool. It’s also $1500. The Tone Matrix is totally free and absolutely shatters the scale for awesome.
Run. Don’t walk. The Tone Matrix awaits!
Ok taters, that’s this week’s big bundle of ninjarific stuff. I hope you dig it.
And totally feel free to share the random bits of awesome you’ve found this week too. Sound stuff. Non-sound stuff. Whatever rocks your world.
And stay tuned for future helpings of piping hot ninjarificness.