Now That’s Ninjarific – Premier Edition

One of the best things about the interwebs is that it’s filled with lots of groovy stuff. I mean, sure, it’s also filled with lots of crap and bunches of snooze. But some stuff is so ninjarific that it just begs to be shared.

Thus the advent of the Now That’s Ninjarific series.

Now I have a place to share the awesomesauce stuff I bump into with some of my favorite people ever.

Woot! Yay! And woohoo!

Some of the aforementioned grooviness is sound stuff. Some of it’s not. All of it’s totally ninjarific. It sort of has to be to qualify for an installment of Now That’s Ninjarific, right?

So can I just say yay about this being the premier edition of the Now That’s Ninjarific series? Because I’m kooky excited.

Ok, time to dive straight into the awesome…

Water + Sound = WOW!

Here’s a fantabulous video that shows the mind-blowingly cool work of Alexander Lauterwasser, who studies the affect of sound on water. And by mind-blowingly cool I mean will literally blow your mind.

I know that studying the effects of sound on water may sound like total snooze. Except it’s not.

This is really more like water being sculpted by sound. It’s like some kind of freakishly beautiful sound/water art.

There’s no trick photography or computer-enhanced anything. This is 100% pure sound. And 100% pure awesome.

Words fail me here. So just check out the video.

The video is in German, but no worries if you don’t speak German. The images speak for themselves. And they say oh my god, we’re so frakking fabulous!

And his book Water Sound Images is a must have for people who dig sound. Or water. Or beautiful things.

Two words

I have two words for you – acoustic levitation.

Do I really have to say anything else?

Because I shouldn’t. And if I do, I’ll probably say something like sound shifts stuff and lifts stuff. And that’s crazy corny. So please don’t make me say it.

Go. Click. Now.

The doctor (and his singing bowl) will see you now

Here’s a read-worthy interview with Dr. Mitch Gaynor.

Dr. Gaynor is an oncologist who also happens to be the Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Weill-Medical College of Cornell University.

So he’s a big time-ey doctor. He’s also big time-ey smart about the healing power of sound.

Dr. Gaynor uses singing bowls with his patients. He’s seen some pretty awe-inspiring of sound shifting stuff – like people who were basically sent home to die by other doctors getting well and living gorgeous lives.

Dr. Gaynor has also written one of my favorite books ever on sound healing.

The stars are singing

Well, not so much the stars as a black hole. One of those everything-that-enters-it-goes-we-don’t-know-where kind of black holes.

Apparently when it’s not busy swallowing stuff faster than Bermuda Triangle, there’s a black hole in the Perseus cluster that’s singing. In the key of B-flat.

Dr. Andrew Fabian and his buddies at the Institute of Astronomy in England discovered this galactic body that has a propensity for belting out tunes. And using their scientific mojo, they figured out that this black hole must love to sing. Because it pretty much does it all the time.

A black hole. Singing. In space.

And even though its song is a million billion times lower than what human ears can hear, this discovery of singing interstellar bodies totally qualifies as ninjarific.

Coolest. Drum. Ever.

Get a load of the HAPI drum.

Short for Hand Activated Percussion Instrument, this may just be the coolest drum ever. It sounds a little like a steel drum, and looks a lot like a UFO. And no matter how you slice it, the HAPI drum is a total rockstar.

Check out the HAPI homepage, where you can buy a HAPI drum of your very own or play one of their virtual HAPIs or just revel in a piles and piles of HAPI lurve.

I absolutely must have some HAPI lurve of my very own. And when it happens, you’ll know it. Because you will hear me screaming with sheer delight and banging my new HAPI drum like a drunken fool.

I am a not a hippie

I like incense. Even though a friend of mine insists that this means I’m a hippie. Clearly, I am not a hippie. And clearly, my friend is all kinds of mistaken.

But when I want to satisfy my totally non-hippie interest in smelly stuff, I go to Essence of the Ages. Because they pretty much have the best incense in the world.

And lots of it. Like hundreds and hundreds of different kinds. From literally everywhere.

And this is the good stuff too. Not the stuff that makes your head pound, your eyes water and your cat hate you. That kind of incense sucks.

Some of my personal favorites include the Medicine Buddha incense made by the Dhoop Factory. The incense pouches are also brilliant and delicious and totally worth it.

And then there’s the aloeswood incense by Scented Mountain. Which not only smells like heaven, but it’s also the first cultivated aloeswood incense. Which means people aren’t illegally cutting down ancient, endangered trees to make it. Because that kind of incense sucks too.

Neo, take the red pill

I have seriously saved the best for last.

Behold the Tone Matrix.

(cue the choir of angels singing from on high)

I found this on Twitter thanks to the super smart @kirstinbutler who has a knack for sharing the best links ever.

The Tone Matrix is a ridiculously cool bit of Flash magic that turns your computer into a synthesizer.

A computer synthesizer. Big deal, right?


This little nugget of awesome, created by André Michelle, lets you make music on your computer based on visual patterns you create by highlighting squares on a matrix – a matrix of glorious, gorgeous tone. As you change the pattern, the music changes too.

The Tone Matrix was inspired by Yamaha’s Tenori-On. The Tenori-On is definitely cool. It’s also $1500. The Tone Matrix is totally free and absolutely shatters the scale for awesome.

Run. Don’t walk. The Tone Matrix awaits!

Ok taters, that’s this week’s big bundle of ninjarific stuff. I hope you dig it.

And totally feel free to share the random bits of awesome you’ve found this week too. Sound stuff. Non-sound stuff.  Whatever rocks your world.

And stay tuned for future helpings of piping hot ninjarificness.

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9 Responses to Now That’s Ninjarific – Premier Edition
  1. Tatty Franey
    August 21, 2009 | 10:06 am

    wow! thanks SO much for all of this 🙂 mind-blowing stuff indeed, and ToneMatrix – addictive!
    .-= Tatty Franey´s last blog ..All grown up =-.

  2. Barbara Martin
    August 21, 2009 | 10:19 am

    This is so ninjarific I am speechless. Levitation. Good smellies. and WATER music. And now the rockstars of the universe. I hope you don’t do these posts too often because I will spend all my time on the internetz checking out the coolstuff Fabeku told me about. omg! Wonderful! No, make that ninjarific! 🙂
    .-= Barbara Martin´s last blog ..My Coffee Shop Creativity Ritual =-.

  3. Charlie Gilkey
    August 21, 2009 | 1:06 pm

    Okay, a HAPI drum now? There’s no way I can pitch that. :p

    And the ToneMatrix…OMG!! I created a tone and then recorded it. It’s so addictive that I think I’ll send it to you.
    .-= Charlie Gilkey´s last blog ..Assume You’ll Succeed When You’re Planning =-.

  4. Allison Bojarski
    August 21, 2009 | 3:12 pm

    Thank you thank you thank you for the Tone Matrix. That interview with Dr. Gaynor is pretty awesome as well.
    .-= Allison Bojarski´s last blog ..Walk it out =-.

  5. Katie Schroth
    August 21, 2009 | 5:03 pm

    Fabeku, Thanks for the links. I really enjoyed them. The Tone Matrix was especially cool – made me feel a bit musical – and that takes a lot! Must admit that I love Essence of the Ages and their incense pouch is really something special. Also nice to be surrounded by beautiful scents while playing a singing bowl.


  6. Tami Baragry
    August 25, 2009 | 11:56 am

    Awesome links, Fabeku! The Tone Matrix is addictive, and my daughter loves it. I’ll have to try something from Essence of the Ages- I’m always on the lookout for new scents that don’t give my husband a headache. Thank you!

  7. fabeku
    August 25, 2009 | 12:13 pm

    I’m glad you guys dug the link lurve. And yeah, the Tone Matrix is totally addictive. I play with it a lot.

    And sometimes while playing with it I grab a little key chain flashlight (that’s shaped like a pig) and flash it on and off, and dance around like I’m at a rave.

    @Barbara – In the interest of your productivity, I’ll try to limit the frequency of these ninjarific posts. 🙂

    @Charlie – Yeah, pitching a HAPI drum may be hard. But totally worth it. And I’d love to hear what you cooked up with the Tone Matrix!

    @Tami – The Scented Mountain aloeswood incense has a really light scent, and doesn’t linger long. It’s also absolutely amazing!

    Thanks for all of your comments. I had thought I’d replied before, but I’m pretty sure I was just talking with you all in my head. I figured it might actually be more practical to, you know, reply here. 🙂

  8. Angel
    April 8, 2011 | 5:01 am

    WHOA… I’m reading your back posts now and this is unreal…. i’ve got 5 extra tabs open on IE waiting until i get home to puruse in more detail… and also bookmarked the incense… sweeet!

    and of course.. that Tone Matrix just lit me UP! It prompted one of those smiles that just comes from out of nowhere… i think that’s called… delight 😀

    Most excellent

  9. Fabeku
    April 11, 2011 | 9:14 am

    @Angel – Delight FTW! And, yes, the Tone Matrix is the magics. Glad you dug it!

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