A Nikon Symphony: Music Made With Nikon Gear

Click, click, bang, swoosh. Here is an unconventional use for gear – use it to make music.

Photographer Benjamin Von Wong along with composer Andrew Kesler and a small army of Nikonians used a small heap of Nikon gear found at Nikon Professional Services Canada to create some sweet music.

A Nikon Symphony: Music Made With Nikon Gear

The idea was to use each camera’s unique shutter sound along with some of the beeps and blips coming from other gear to compose a short clip.

The gear in question involves A Nikon D800E, Nikon D4, D700, D7100, D7000, D800, D3, D5200 (bronze), D600, SB-900…, an Elinchrom Ranger Quadra Li-Ion Kit and a D3s dropped to the floor to make a banging sound. Total cost of gear used: over $30,000.

“The original “composition” came together after Andrew and I went to visit Elvis at his house on a Sunday morning to record some sound samples and experiment with the various cameras he had with him and see: How many different sounds could we actually generate from the devices we had?

By experimenting with the custom “CL-Continuous Low” settings, we were able to set the cameras to 1, 2, 3 fps, etc… which gave us a nice base to start off on.”

Here is a quick BTS of the operation.

and a little peek at the setup:

A 30,000$ Camera Symphony ft. Nikon

For the full rundown on how this was pulled, head over to Ben’s blog.