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Sonic Sculptures by Martin Klimas

(c) Martin Klimas

Martin Klimas — Charlie Parker, “Ornithology”, 2011, Ed 8, 56 cm x 42 cm

The work of photographer Martin Klimas stems from a field that really fascinates me: the interlink between sound and visual arts, representing the two probably most dominant human senses.

I remember the former Scorpions guitarist Uli Jon Roth talking in a German TV-Show about his sensory representations of the sounds he plays. He basically explained:  when he is playing a vibrato sees it floating three-dimensional through space!

Martin Klimas made an experience available like this to everyone as fine art through the means of his high-speed photography. He puts paint on a canvas with a speaker below it, turns up the volume and thereby creates, what he calls "Sonic Sculptures".
These images only represent a tiny fraction of a second of sound: the exposure time of 1/7000 and there within showing how the paint was moved and shaped by the music. A cross-section through space and time. So actually it is a very short movie looking like a still frame 😉

Really, take the time and listen to the songs while looking at the images and discover how certain parts stand out and seemingly interact with each other.

Sonic Sculptures

(c) Martin Klimas

Martin Klimas — Pink Floyd, “Time”, 2011, Ed 8, 56 cm x 42 cm

 

(c) Martin Klimas

Martin Klimas — James Brown, “Sex Machine”, 2011, Ed 8, 56 cm x 42 cm

 

(c) Martin Klimas

Martin Klimas — John Coltrane, “Ascension”, 2011, Ed 8, 56 cm x 42 cm

 

(c) Martin Klimas

Martin Klimas — Kraftwerk, “Transistor”, 2011, Ed 8, 56 cm x 42 cm

 

(c) Martin Klimas

Martin Klimas — Miles Davis, “Bitches Brew”, 2011, Ed 8, 56 cm x 42 cm

 

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