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The Power of Music Visualization

Nov 18, 2019 2:21:35 PM

Music is a powerful part of who we are. Music is one of the purest forms of joy that humans can experience. This idea is true because of the way we experience it, internalize it. The way we experience a song and the way our brains process it is different than the scientific breakdown of the notes and harmonies that make up a song. 

This difference is what makes music visualizers so powerful and so challenging to create. Music visualization is challenging because what we technically hear and what we experience are different. Music visualizers have to translate that emotional experience into a programmatic one that helps enhance and expand on what you create and perform. Matching what we experience with what we see is the ultimate goal of Luminant Music.

Visualizer for Music and the Human Brain

Mapping what we hear when we listen to music isn’t only translating the notes. We adapt to the melody because it’s what sticks in our brain. We all have that favorite song where, as soon as you hear the name, your mind latches to the melody. With music visualization, we aren’t mapping the notation. If we do that, our brain doesn’t see what it experiences. 

To illustrate what we mean, anyone can play a single note on a piano and identify it with a tool or software. Capturing the feeling of the music is another story. Music is a complex collection of many timbres, pitches, and rhythms that, once mixed together, create a more complex whole that demands more engaging visualizations. 

When we visualize raw notes being played, we don’t see the harmonies because our brains recognize that mixing of notes. We often see tertiary noises represented to a greater effect in music visualization, distorting the overall picture our minds are expecting.

When a familiar song plays, our brains automatically isolate the melody we know from all the other harmonics. If you are a parent, it’s the same way you can pick out your child’s voice in a busy room. While our brains are great at focusing on what we recognize, the software isn’t great at this without effort. 

Music visualization is powerful when it accounts for all of these elements, and the effort is made so that the software interprets music like a human brain

Creating and Producing a Musical Spectacle

Whether performing or creating your own music, visualization helps pull audiences closer to the music. When visualization can be customized for videos or produced live as you play, it makes the music bigger. 

When the science and software are correct behind the visualization, the visuals become part of your vision as the performer and artist. When you focus on the combination of audio and visuals in a music video or live performance, a new kind of spectacle is created, one that adds an extra dimension to your craft. The right tool helps you enhance your music, whether you have experience with visuals or not.

The right visualization becomes part of your performance or creation. It’s another language to help convey the emotions and experiences you are creating for your audience.

Music is a Personal Experience

First and foremost, music is a personal experience. The power of music stands the test of history and is woven into the fabric of our society. The same feelings that excite you as a performer make us passionate about what we do. Because music is so personal, we wanted to share what it means to us. We believe music visualization doesn’t take away from the personal aspect of music, but expands upon it.

We asked members of our team to answer two simple questions, and here is just some of what they said:

What does music mean to you? 

Music connects more people from around the world than any other type of medium. It doesn't matter what language you speak or where you're from. We experience music at a human level. In that way, nothing is as universal as music. - Matt Holden

One of the most abstract and versatile forms of entertainment, music is spiritual and feeds the soul. I am usually wary of people who say they don't like music. Music plays a significant part in my own life, usually during driving or at work. - Benjamin Groves

Celebration of culture, soul, self. Music can help unify people and heal — pure expression. Music seems to transcend cultural/socio-economic barriers at times. - Chris Fairbanks

Music is human thoughts and emotions put into vibrations and patterns. - James K.

What does music visualization mean to you?

Music visualization adds a visual dimension to the music experience, stimulating the listeners' senses and fully immersing them in the sound. - Jennifer J.

Music visualization is the metaphorical representation of elegant numerical patterns administered over structured intervals of time. It forms a synesthetic bridge between visual and aural qualia that assists the abstract processing of innumerable (and individually meaningless) discrete units of information with emergent relational properties. - Benjamin Pope

I'm hearing impaired, so I can't understand the lyrics without some help. Lyric videos are awesome. - Todd

Music visualization allows people to creatively express the internal stories that are inspired by the effect of the music. - Nick H

Music visualization is a way to add to the experience. The visual aspect can enhance the experience and emotion behind the music or modify it to bring out different meanings. At the very least, visualization allows for a pleasing atmosphere while one listens to music. Music visualization can range from a secondary focus while listening to music to a visual background for music, used to bring atmosphere to a setting. 

Luminant Music — Your Music Visualizer is Finally Here

Finally, my story. Luminant Music has been a part of who I am since I was a child. The original inspiration to create a music visualization platform started 40 years ago with the digital lights in my dad’s stereo system. It had a grid of blue lights that moved with the music, and I thought they were hypnotic. When listening to music, I would stare at the radio, but the lights moving in time to the music always drew my attention. Everyone has some music that elevates their life, which provides the foundation for some of our strongest memories, and music can store such intense emotional content.

Luminant Music is the visualizer that takes all of the emotions, science, and art of creating, performing, and listening to music and gives you control over what experience you are creating for your audience. 

If you’d like to start using Luminant Music today, sign up for our 14-day free trial of Luminant Music Ultimate that includes a full video-editing tool.

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Carlos Serrano

Written by Carlos Serrano

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