Many of us picture sounds as something we listen to, but in the right conditions, they can actually product some amazing patterns. To accomplish this, a black metal plate is first attached to a tone generator and placed close to a plate filled with sand. The sand naturally gravitates to the area where the least amount of vibration occurs causing fascinating geometric patterns to emerge as the speaker is cycled through various frequencies. Continue reading for a video and more information.

Youtube user Brusspup who often explores the intersection between art and science just released this new video featuring the Chladni plate experiment. There’s actually a mathematical law that determines how each shape will form, the higher the frequency the more complex the pattern.