In slow motion, the surface of a cymbal flops around like a pancake

Here's what a vibrating cymbal looks like at 1000 frames per second. Even the unblinking eye can't catch all that metal wriggling around like a crêpe caught in a strong breeze.

[Via The Presurfer]

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Cool! I guess that's why it goes "crash". If it didn't flop about it would probably go "bing" instead.