Cymatics. The Art of Sound

Cymatics is the study of visible sound vibration and shows the transformational nature of sound on matter. We can capture sound digitally with waveforms but that only gives us a 2D view.

The world of Cymatics however, gives us a different view and provides a major evolution in our understanding of how sound affects all of us. Everything that we perceive as hard material objects, including our bodies, are actually continuously vibrating at their own rates. This study clearly merges the fields of sound, geometry, light and mathematics into one.

Ernst Chladni, an 18th century German physicist, is famous for studying the physics of sound by bowing a metal plate with sand on it to create simple geometric shapes. His work was foundational in the future development of Cymatics.

More than a century later, Dr Hans Jenny started to experiment with different liquids and solids and continuous vibrating frequencies to test the physics of sound further. It was Jenny was coined the term 'Cymatics' containing the Greek word, '˜Kyma' which means wave. It's fascinating to realize that a tone does not create vibration on the entire surface, but rather forms distinct and beautiful geometric shapes, each with a different pattern like snowflakes.

Repeated studies show that when playing a toning sweep through a range of frequencies, there is a moment when chaos ensues when changing to another tone. The chaos occurs when matter of any kind is rearranging itself into a new form based on the new frequency. Matter is designed to move away from chaos and into form and vice versa, a never-ending cycle that occurs on all levels continuously from our cells to our universe.

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