Cymatics: the study of visible sound

I came across this video and I wanted to share because I recently did a presentation in physics on cymatics.

The thing that is so fascinating about sound is that all sound has a geometrical pattern that is perceivable to the human eye.

First, let me tell you about a few scientists that are key players to cymatics. Hans Jenny was a swiss medical doctor and scientist who coined the term cymatics. Jenny spent 14 years documenting his experiments with cymatics, and what he found was that the shapes and patterns of reality coincide with the shapes of sound patterns interacting with vibrations. In fact, he believed that evolution was a result of vibrations in the sense that in the beginning, every cell had it’s own frequency. A number of cells with the same frequency created a new frequency that was in harmony, or had the integrity, of the original.. leading to the formation of organs and so on. As we all know, everything (matter) has a vibrational frequency. Humans are vibrating between 62-78 MHZ.

Although Nikola Tesla was an engineer, best known for his work with electricity.. he made many contributions to science. For example, he played a central role in the development of x-rays, he demonstrated that radio signals are just another frequency that needs a transmitter and reciever, that earth is a magnet that can generate electricity (electromagnetism) using frequencies as a transmitter. He also discovered that we are able to use wireless communication. He is to thank for building a tower using the universe’s natural frequencies to transmit data in the form of images, voice messaging, and text. However, J.P Morgan is the one to thank for putting a price on wireless communication ;). There is so much more that Tesla is known for, but I chose to talk about these contributions in particular because they were all in his mindset of thinking in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration. Therefore, it is not unrealistic to think that sound is responsible for the geometrical shapes and patterns that we perceive.

So, everything in the physical universe is vibrational. Matter itself is the result of a frequency. In fact, matter is vaguely defined as “A substance that has rest mass.” In other words, it is the general term used for “the substance that makes up all observable physical objects.” Einstein actually agrees with Tesla when stating “What we have called matter is energy, whose frequency has been so lowered as to be perceptible to the senses. There is no matter.” In other words, matter does not actually exist.. it is a form of energy that we can see.

So, Frequency + Amplitude = Perception. (I made that up, sort of). Our perception is based on frequency and amplitude. If frequency has high amplitude the structure of matter will appear more detailed and complex. Different frequencies give our perception of light, sound, color, etc. Something that is far away will appear to be red-shifted on the color spectrum, or have a higher pitch. With the aid of technology we are able to observe frequencies that are unfamiliar to our five senses (x-rays, microwaves, infrared, ultraviolet, ultrasound, etc.).

Sound is defined as “A vibration that propagates as a typically audible mechanical wave of pressure and displacement, through a medium such as air or water… sound is the reception of such waves and their perception by the brain.” Sound is everywhere. Even if we can’t perceive it! Meaning geometrical shapes that we can see may have other forms, or another dimension that we can’t see.

The video above shows us what sound looks like. Here are a couple more videos so you get the idea. The second one shows a 3D experiment which proves there is more to the geometrical patterns we perceive.

Basically, cymatics shows that for every sound, a corresponding shape or pattern can be seen.

The shapes/patterns generated with cymatics resemble shapes/patterns of reality. For example, Hans found that when one says the vowels in the Hebrew language, a corresponding shape appears, which is the shape used to symbolize those vowels in Hebrew! This is why Hans suggested that sound is the origin of everything.


The part of all of this that I find most fascinating is that what seems solid, is in reality just a wave composed of quantum particles that are constantly moving.

“Tesla said it. Science proved it. Einstein agreed.” Check out this article for more information on sound and the frequency of 440 Hz that music has been tuned to worldwide, which is said to be disharmonious with nature and may have negative effects on human behavior. (I actually experimented a little while doing my presentation and played the videos on this website of a person playing the same melody in 432 Hz and 440 Hz before explaining anything to them, and asked the class which one sounded better/made them feel less tense and more relaxed. The majority said 432 Hz)!


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