Walker Smith: Chromatic Chemistry: The Periodic Table in Light and Sound
WARNING: This video contains flashing lights and may potentially trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy. Viewer discretion is advised.
In this highly anticipated sequel to The Sound of Molecules, Walker Smith, AKA “Maestro Molecules,” is appearing as his alter-ego, Mr. Roy G. Biv, to take you on a journey through the colorful sounds of the periodic table.
When zapped with electricity, the electrons inside atoms absorb energy, and they can later release this energy in the form of light. Different elements release different frequencies of light due to their different electronic structure, and Roy has converted those frequencies into unique chords and melodies…with a few surprises along the way. The performance features animations by Walker and IU chemistry major Harry Zhang.
So, sit back, relax, and enjoy this colorful and musical tour of the periodic table.
I’d like to express a huge thanks to Harry Zhang for his help with the animations in this piece.