Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry Spring 2013 : Page 12

BEHIND THE COVER The “Sight” of Music 12 Spring 2013 • Volume 29 • Number 1

The “Sight” Of Music

Irfan Ahmad

"Sight and sound are synergistic, complementing each other for an enhanced emotional and pleasurable synesthetic experience"<br /> <br /> These surreal images with a dental theme, which I call “The 'Sight' of Music,” were created to visualize the music we hear with our ears and imagine with our mind’s eye. Sight and sound are synergistic, complementing each other for an enhanced emotional and pleasurable synesthetic experience. All visual media—including film, video, and television—rely on this sensual combination for their universal appeal.<br /> <br /> The photographic setup for creating these images was relatively simple, but required perseverance to achieve the desired results. As the process was messy and produced paint splashes, it is recommended that anyone seeking to reproduce this effect wear appropriate protective clothing and that the camera, lens, and flashes be covered with cellophane.<br /> <br /> A rubber dam sheet was stretched across a speaker cone and secured with screws; bull clips also can be used. A suspended wire held a sectioned tooth over the speaker cone and rubber dam assembly. The speaker cone was connected to an audio amplifier, and the selected music was played. The photographic equipment comprised a Leica S2 digital camera (Solms, Germany) with a Leica Apo-Macro Summarit-S 1:2.5/120 mm lens and two Metz Mecablitz 54 Mz-4i digital flashes (Zirndorf, Germany) placed bi-lateral to the sectioned tooth. The camera was set at aperture f/8, and the shutter speed was one second.<br /> <br /> Two people were needed to take the photographs. The first person released the camera shutter, while the second person simultaneously dropped liquid paint of various colors, using a pipette to drop the paint onto the rubber dam sheet while the music was playing.<br /> <br /> Depending upon the music genre, intensities of different amplitude can be created that vibrate the rubber sheet, which in turn causes the paint to “bounce” upward to create unique effusions. This is where the process becomes tedious, as many shots are required to capture the precise moment that coincides with the paint striking—and bouncing off—the rubber dam sheet. However, a little time, patience, and experimentation can yield magical images!<br /> <br /> To experience the full effect of this image, it is recommended that readers listen to the corresponding music while viewing the image: “Won’t Get Fooled Again”—The Who, from the album Who’s Next.The corresponding music for the cover image is “Riders on the Storm”—The Doors, from the album LA Woman.

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