Downpours are already pretty perfect, audio-wise; listening to Mother Nature go all sogged-out-jam-band is soothing almost all the time. But Tokyo-based design studio tha.ltd have made something out of this world with "The Origin of the Sound of Rain," a composition of individual pitters and patters—each of which have their own tone of splat.
Imagine the sound of a single raindrop making contact with a leaf; or falling on a snail's shell; or hitting the surface a flower petal—lovely, but super low-key. Tha.ltd recorded splashes of water on a bunch of different objects, then composed them into a beautiful remix, ten million drops deep. Taken together in a stormy torrent, the intensity amps way, way up.
It starts out slow. Drip. Drip. Then the frequency increases, and everything gets layered one on top of the other until, all of a sudden, it blends into the familiarly comforting cacophony of an unrelenting deluge. After that things ease up, and all kinds of rhythms emerge—stuff you could really tap your foot to. It's crazy to imagine that these little bitty component parts are present whenever the heavens open up—and the fact there's such nice video here is an excellent touch.
I'd love to hear a symphony composed entirely of drizzles and heavy showers, because this is just wonderful. [The Creators Project]