About Us

Welcome to Sonic Age America
Great customer service and unrivaled innovation make Sonic Age America first in your search for information about cymatics--the science of visual sound. We are three dedicated individuals with a passion for cymatics, the emergent science that's poised to blossom into every field of human endeavor. Within this decade we predict that cymatics will positively affect the lives of millions of people; cymatic discoveries are being made in many fields from astrophysics to zoology.

Sonic Age America is a division of UK-based Sonic Age Ltd. Both companies were founded by John Stuart Reid, acoustic pioneer and inventor of the CymaScope, the world's first commercial instrument that renders sound visible.

Our mission is to advance and support cymatics, by exploring applications in all the sciences as well as the arts.


Who's who in Sonic Age America

Vera Gadman

Vera Gadman is an acclaimed and sought-after graphic designer who specialized in logo design and brand identity programs. Born in England, she began her career in London as an Ecclesiatical Embroideress, and after emigrating to the U.S. discovered the joy of visual communication, working as a freelance designer with leading brand-design companies in New York City.

In the mid 1990's Vera was awakened to a new perspective that completely changed her life, causing her to relocate from New York City to a small community in Hope, Idaho, where she began working with personal growth groups.

Vera now manages Sonic Age America and is dedicated to making available the many new discoveries emerging from the wonderful world of cymatics. Vera created all the artwork for the new CymaScope store and managed the project throughout.

Annaliese Reid

Annaliese Reid has been a teacher of energetic healing and sound healing techniques for over 20 years and has taught at seminars in the United States and Great Britain. She is committed to supporting personal well-being on all levels, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual, and sees Sonic Age America as a perfect vehicle for health enhancement through the power of sound.

Annaliese is committed to supporting others in their personal growth and is co-author of the book, "Journey Into Wholeness." She met John in 2005 at a workshop he gave in Atlanta and they married soon after. Annaliese is particularly interested in the effects of sound on cellular matter. In 2012 she assisted in the edit of the science text book The Mereon Matrix in which John was lead author for a chapter on the emergent science of cymatics. She is currently writing a series of children's books with a sound theme and is co-authoring a mainstream book on cymatics with John.

James Stuart Reid

James Stuart Reid, youngest son of John Stuart Reid, is the most recent member of the CymaScope team. With a natural flair for design, James is expert in Final Cut editing suite and PhotoShop and he handles all video editing projects as well as colorisation and formatting of Voice Mandalas. The technical expertise James brings to his department is matched by his great enthusiasm for cymatics.

John Stuart Reid

John Stuart Reid is an acoustics engineer and inventor. He studied pure electronics at Northumbria University, UK, and went on to work under Professor Joseph Joshua Weiss and Dr Alastair Johnson in the Department of Radiation Chemistry of Newcastle University working on the Febetron beta-ray field-emission device and Electron Spin Resonance machine.

He founded a sound engineering company that developed into a full acoustics consultancy, which ran from 1969 to 1999. His interest in Egyptology led him to conduct a series of acoustics experiments in Egypt's Great Pyramid in 1996 and 1997 for which he devised an experimental cymatics set-up that permitted the resonances of the granite sarcophagus to be rendered visible. The results were published in a study booklet titled Egyptian Sonics. The Egyptian research led him to further pursue the emergent science of cymatics.

He invented the particulate matter-based CymaScope in 2004, then, in 2006 he collaborated with US design engineer, Erik Larson, to assist in the instrument’s development. John went on to further develop CymaScope technology and in 2013 he created the 'CymaScope Pro', a water-based model that was demonstrated to the Mereon team of scientists at their August conference. During the conference experiments were conducted that showed sub surface cymatic phenomena to be real. He continues to enhance the CymaScope and to develop cymascopic applications.

Erik Larson

Erik Larson is a precision engineer of wide experience. In 2006 he designed a particulate matter CymaScope model, based on phi geometry, which offered accurate membrane tension adjustment. Erik also helped to develop an early version of the water-based CymaScope and made significant technical contributions.