Yukikaze, music visualizations

[Taichi Inoue] put together this beautiful visualization system called Yukikaze, japanese for “snow wind”. Basically a spectrum analyzer, Yukikaze is delightful to watch. We would love to see what kind of response he gets, as most of the footage shows very slowly changing smooth jazz. While we don’t think he gets crisp EQ visualizations out of this since it is a single large chamber, we still think it is amazing to watch.

[via MakeZine]

Comments

  1. chrelad says:

    This is awesome, and such a simple idea! :D Great job

  2. AK says:

    Put a snowman and a couple of Christmas trees in there and you’d have damn near the best selling slow globe idea ever.

  3. shazzner says:

    Very cool

  4. Tachikoma says:

    Interesting idea! It seems to lag a bit though, perhaps using compressed air would be faster, albeit at a cost of complexity. Or perhaps using fluids instead?

  5. EdZ says:

    Rather than an air compressor and ball valves, a less heavy duty version could use one or two long axial fans running continuously, and servo/solenoid controlled shutters. Simple sliding louvres should suffice.

  6. Brad says:

    He mentions applying something to the acrylic and the beads to prevent “electrification” which I’m going to assume is static buildup. Anyone know or have ideas what he’s using? Static was the first thing I thought of when i initially saw it, and I wondered how he kept that material from sticking to the acrylic walls.

  7. Drone says:

    Whew… The word Yukikaze brings up memories:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yukikaze

    My favorite amongst the history of the word Yukikaze (myriad, see link above) is the Japanese SciFi Anime video series about futuristic fighter jets and the struggle against an alien world which is accessible through a weird transport portal over Antarctica. Do try to find this video series, versions exist with good English over-dub.

  8. D_ says:

    I like it. More practical in a dwelling than using fire to visualize standing wave. I do understand that these are 2 different devices, just saying what visualization of sound, most this is one that most would put on their wall. Than again 19″ or so flat screen TVs are inexpensive enough to use with a computer to create a multiple of visualizations,if that’s the entertainment goal.

  9. bothersaidpooh says:

    someone should try this with a ccfl array from a broken flat panel TV.

    i reckon that with a common strip of thin wires behind the ccfls and sequentially pulsing them, you could generate a bargraph.

  10. Hirudinea says:

    I need one of these for when I play smooth jazz in my swinging bachleor pad.

  11. psuedonymous says:

    @Drone
    The first novel the series was based on has recently been translated. It’s much better than the OVA adaptation.

    PWN driven RGB LEDs could be substituted for the white ones for additional frequency response. I wonder what effect up-lighting the beads would have over down-lighting.

  12. Drew says:

    if it has any sort of delay he should just figure out what the delay is and delay the actual sound being made, as long as hes using it for music at least

  13. peter says:

    Id like to use this connected to a keyboard. Each key would move one column.

  14. Jeff says:

    I agree with the louvers to reduce lag, but either way, it was beautiful. And if you are one for 70’s music, make the LED’s to a shifting RGB format. For some slowly, shifting color fun.

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