CymaScope Music Made Visible app inspired a multiple award-winning poster
Artist Meaghan Dee used the CymaScope Music Made Visible app to create a
poster for Oceans Initiative, a team of scientists on a mission to protect
marine life, including whales, dolphins, sharks, salmon and sea birds.
Meaghan’s eye-catching design captures the beauty of humpback whale song made
visible and incorporates the scientific principles that underpin the CymaScope
The poster received a Graphis Poster Annual 2017 Merit Award and a 2016
Graphic Design USA Award. It was also awarded First Prize in the 2016
International Design Awards (IDA) Print Competition.
Meaghan Dee commented, “The basis of my design was inspired by the CymaScope
app, which makes music visible and has a useful screen capture feature. Robert
Williams of Oceans Initiative recorded humpback whale song and I decided to
play the song to the app to generate cymatic patterns for use in my design.
The fundamental frequencies within the whale song triggered the app and I
captured hundreds of potential images,selecting the most striking with which
to compose the poster. I also subtly integrated the “ocean” typeface” within
The CymaScope team heartily congratulate Ms. Dee on her outstanding
achievement.We are particularly delighted that the poster will be used to help
raise funds for Ocean’s Initiative’s “Science for the Sea” project.
Meaghan A. Dee is Assistant Professor, Chair of Visual Communication Design,
Meaghan A. Dee is Assistant Professor, Chair of Visual
Communication Design, Virginia Tech
Meaghan A. Dee’s multi
Barred Owl: First ever birdcall captured in CymaScope video mode
When artist, Virginia Kistler, conceived the idea of incorporating
the energetic patterns within a barred owl?s call into a new sculptural art
piece, she contacted CymaScope.com.
We were immediately interested in the project and took up the challenge of
making the barred owl?s call visible. John Stuart Reid commented, ?Although we
have captured still moments from birdcalls in the past this is the ever first
birdcall captured in CymaScope video mode. Ornithologists commonly use
spectrum analysis to analyze birdcalls, which displays the sonic energy
graphically, however, the CymaScope is based on an analog principle in which
the sounds are rendered visible by imprinting them onto the surface and sub
surface of water. Imaging the barred owl?s call represents an historic
The owl?s call originates in its syrinx (the equivalent of the larynx in
humans) and propagates away from the creature as a bubble-shaped emanation.
The CymaScope principle shows us a slice through the sound bubble and the new
technique allows the dynamic geometry of birdcalls to be studied in real time.
Virginia Kistler was delighted by the results and explained how the project
came about, ?Last summer a barred owl was calling nightly in my front yard. I
recorded the owl and had the idea to use the recording in my art practice.
Because my artwork is based around local biodiversity the owl recording is a
perfect fit. I will take moments from the CymaScope video and turn them into
vector line work, which I will use as a guide to cut shapes out of plastic
sheeting. The plastic shapes will then be combined with other ephemeral
impressions to become sculpture.?
The completed work will be exhibited by Ms. Kistler at an art show in
Columbus, Ohio in November and we will post further news on this story later
this year. Virginia Kistler?s sculptures can be viewed at:
In December 2015 we reported on a significant CymaScope breakthrough in
capturing the image of a submerged man from the echolocation beam transmitted
by a dolphin. Now, after several months of work, a paper reporting this
research has been published in the prestigious Journal of Marine Science
titled, "A Phenomenon Discovered While Imaging Dolphin Echolocation Sounds?.
The paper represents a significant landmark both for marine biology and the
John Stuart Reid commented, ?This important research is a turning point in
helping marine biologists understand how dolphins see with sound. The paper
describes a previously unknown phenomenon, that dolphin echolocation sounds
contain pictorial data and that such data can be rendered visible by means of
a CymaScope instrument. The pictorial data is created when the dolphin?s
echolocation high frequency sound beam reflects from a submerged object,
reflecting quasi-holographic image data back to the dolphin?.
In the 2015 Florida-based experiment, conducted by Jack Kassewitz of
SpeakDolphin.com, a female dolphin, Amaya, echolocated on Jim McDonough while
submerged in a dolphin research pool. The reflected echo from Jim was sensed
by hydrophones and the recorded signals sent to the CymaScope laboratory in
the UK where the landmark discovery was made.
The image of Jim was recovered from the echo signal. The results of the
research add further evidence to the belief held by marine biologists that
dolphins see with sound and take us an important step closer to understanding
the mechanism that underpins the dolphins? sonic imaging ability.
Dolphin echolocating on
breath-holding Jim McDonough
2016 Launch of the new CymaPlate kit and
STEAM Initiative After
several months in development and field trials we have launched an all new
CymaPlate kit that offers inspiration to all who wish to study the emergent
science of cymatics in an affordable and fun way.
John Stuart Reid commented, ?Cymatics holds a great potential to help humanity
across a wide range of scientific disciplines and there is no better place to
start learning the fundamentals of this new field than with the humble yet
Each kit is supplied with detailed instructions describing how to make
beautiful cymatic patterns and capture them forever as works of art.
included is a STEAM class (Science Technology, Engineering,
Art, Mathematics) to provide a comprehensive guide to the science of visible
sound, written in easy to understand language that is accessible
to all students from ages 9 to 90 (suggested stage from Fourth Grade
(USA) / Year 4, UK).
Part of the field trials for the new CymaPlate kit were held at the
London-based Sci-Art-Met conference in May 2016, at which John Stuart Reid
gave an inspiring talk entitled ?Cymatics: A New Frontier in Science? and a
fun workshop entitled ?Cymatics: A new Frontier in Art?. Participants to the
workshop watched a demonstration of the CymaPlate, including how to
save the cymatic patterns as permanent art pieces. Sarah Best, an art
teacher who was one of the participants, commented, "I was glad of the
opportunity to participate in John Stuart Reid?s workshop at the Sci-Art-Met
symposium. With a background in art education and a love of music I was
delighted to see the visual representation of sound with the CymaPlate and
as a result I am now planning to include cymatics in my own art practice
and teaching. John Stuart Reid's research and contribution to the field of
cymatics is both inspiring and fascinating."
Development of the CymaPlate kit took several months during which a range of
different metals and thicknesses were tested to identify the optimum
range of resonance. The new CymaPlate kit is suitable for students ages 9 to
90, to provide a fun and educational introduction to the science of
cymatics. More information on
the CymaPlate kit
The new CymaPlate
kit includes plate, desk stand, bow, accessories, full instructions
and a short course
in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and
Sarah Best (right)
Geeta Taylor (left) with John Stuart Reid 2 at Sci-Art-Met
Natalie Gray visits the CymaScope laboratory
Internationally renowned artist and comedienne, Natalie Gray, first
connected with John Stuart Reid in 2013, following her near death
experience in 2012, in
which she was shown the energy grid that surrounds our planet and given
into science previously unknown to her. This experience had a profound
impact on Ms Gray, sparking her interest in sound and vibration and leading to
conversation with Reid. Since then, there has remained a hope that a visit to
the CymaScope laboratory could be arranged and this was finally achieved in
March 2016 when she took part in a demonstration of the CymaScope, during
voice was made visible as a ?Voice Mandala".
Ms Gray is an accomplished artist and in 2001 she was commissioned to paint
a reproduction of the Sistine Chapel Ceiling in Los Angeles. The
mural, located at 9000 Sunset Blvd., was to one third scale and took Natalie
520 hours to paint. Coincidentally, it apparently took Michelangelo 520 days,
but, as Natalie says, "she had Starbucks?.Her
art has been shown alongside originals by Picasso, Chagall and Dali,
and her most recentabstract art is inspired by sound and
Ms Gray commented, ?With all of my abstract work my goal is to
bypass my thinking
brain and let something else come through, something that is
far more special than
anything I could have ever ?thought? of! After my experience I
just kept painting
these vertical lines, almost obsessively, all completely
freehand. Dozens of paintings,
thousands and thousands of strokes on the canvas. That is what
is coming through
John Stuart Reid commented, ?Natalie?s vertical stripe canvases
are strikingly similar
to light spectra, particularly the very thin lines that Natalie
paints, and especially recalling that she was inspired in this
artistic direction following the scientific insights
given during her near death experience."
During her visit, Ms Gray recorded an interview with John
Stuart Reid that covers many
topics connected with sound and vibration and can be heard via
her Podcast site:
Sunset by Natalie Gray, 24" x 36", acrylic on canvas, 2012
Natalie Gray and
her one-third-scale reproduction
of the Sistine Chapel Ceiling
with John Stuart Reid in the CymaScope laboratory
9th December 2015
First ?What-the-dolphin-saw? Image of a Submerged Man:
Cymatic-Holographic Imaging Technique
CymaScope.com in collaboration with SpeakDolphin.com have made a significant
breakthrough in imaging a submerged man from the echolocation beam transmitted
by a dolphin. The resulting image is faint but following enhancement
techniques key features of the man and background are revealed. The research
took place at the Dolphin Discovery Centre in Puerto Aventuras, Mexico. The
submerged man was Jim McDonough, and the female research dolphin, Amaya, was
tasked to echolocate upon the man, to ?see? Jim with its sound-vision sense.
John Stuart Reid, who captured the image in CymaScope video mode said, ?What
is most exciting about the video is that it contains two consecutive frames in
which Jim?s arm is seen in two different positions, inferring that if we had a
sound file containing a longer series of dolphin clicks we may be able to
capture more frames. In a sense we would be sharing in the realtime ?movie? of
what the dolphin saw, an exciting prospect."
Team leader, Jack Kassewitz of SpeakDolphin.com, is delighted with the result,
?This is the first time we have captured a what-the-dolphin-saw image of a
submerged man. We employed a similar technique in 2012 to capture a dolphin?s
echolocation picture of a flowerpot and several other submerged plastic
objects but the present research has confirmed that result and so much more.?
A video of "what the dolphin saw" can be viewed on the CymaScope YouTube
The faint image of
Jim McDonough, as imaged on the CymaScope can be likened to early experiments
with photography, such as those by Louis Daguerre.
in the Cymatic-Holographic imaging technique will bring us ever closer to
Mandara Cromwell, President of ISTA and CEO of Cyma Technologies Inc.,
presented John Stuart Reid with an award for his contribution to cymatics
The International Sound Therapy Association (ISTA) based in Atlanta, USA,
honored CymaScope.com?s team leader, John Stuart Reid, for his contribution to
cymatics during the Cymatics Conference, November 7th, 2015.
Presentation of the award followed a talk given by Reid titled "Sound Healing
at the Cellular Level?, during which he discussed the mechanisms that may
underpin sound?s ability to trigger the body?s healing response. Reid
recounted that almost 20-years ago he had had what seemed like a miraculous
healing of his lower back during a cymatics experiment he carried out in
Egypt?s Great Pyramid. Since then he has researched the question of how sound
supports healing and has developed a hypothesis involving cymatic patterns
that he conjectures appear on the surface membranes of the body?s cells, thus
stimulating the Integral Membrane Proteins that project from cell membranes.
To support this conjecture he showed a video in which cymatic ?train? patterns
are made visible on a cell membrane of the Aloe Vera plant, possibly the first
time that such patterns have been captured. In future work he will attempt to
capture cymatic patterns on the membranes of human cells.
Reid also showed a video in which three of the sounds from Cyma
Technologies? AMI 1000 sound therapy unit were made visible with the CymaScope
instrument. He commented, ?I use sound therapy whenever I have an ailment. The
three sounds I made visible and showed to delegates at the Cymatics Conference
were some of those I used recently to support healing of two ailments. Both
maladies were helped within only three sessions, reinforcing what I learned
accidentally in the Great Pyramid almost 20-years ago, which is that sound,
when properly administered, has powerful healing properties."
Mandara Cromwell said, ?It is my great pleasure to honor John Stuart Reid with
this award for his contributions to the field of Cymatics. Over the past 10
years John has conducted research and collaborated with many in the fields of
science, and the visual and healing arts. Projects with his invention, the
CymaScope, include making the sound of our Sun visible, which became part of
an exhibit at the prestigious Smithsonian museum. Effects of his work have far
reaching benefits for many. John, on behalf of the International Sound Therapy
Association and Cyma Technologies it is my privilege to present this award for
your extraordinary efforts and contributions to our Cymatic World!
Mandara Cromwell, president of The International Sound Therapy Association,
presenting an award to John Stuart Reid
A cymatic pattern train imaged
on the cell membrane of the Aloe Vera plant imaged with a sub miniature
Dr. Kenneth John Atchity visits the CymaScope Laboratory
The true shape and power of sound to feature in a forthcoming animated film.
Dr. Atchity is an American film producer and author who has worked in the
world of letters as a literary manager and as a professor of comparative
literature. He was labeled a "story merchant? by a visiting ambassador to the
United States. Atchity commented, "I believe in the power of stories to change
the world. I?ve been privileged to spend a lifetime helping storytellers
project their stories to the widest audiences in book and film.?
The latest franchise he is managing is Dr. Fuddle and the Gold
Baton, a young person?s novel (now available) and forthcoming live action
animated film in which the forces of good-versus-evil (cacophony versus
euphony) play out through the transformational power of classical music. The
concept was created by Dr. Warren L. Woodruff, musicologist and head of the
Woodruff School of Arts in Roswell, Georgia. During Dr. Atchity's visit the
creation of the Gold Baton app was discussed, based on the concepts used in
the CymaScope Music Made Visible App, in addition to ideas for representing
music in the film within a visual context.
of the CymaScope instrument, the forthcoming Gold Baton App and finale of the
film will introduce to the world the true shape and transformative power of
Dr Kenneth John
Atchity in the CymaScope laboratory
Dr. Fuddle and the
Gold Baton--by Warren L. Woodruff
Children living with cancer: CymaScope Art Therapy project
When Portland artist, Kyle Thomas, decided to create an art therapy
project for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation?s ?Camp Smile?, he contacted the
CymaScope team. Kyle explained, "Camp Smile is a community-supported annual
event based in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. My initial idea was to capture the
children?s voice patterns and print hard copies in monochrome for each child
to color. This would highlight that they are unique spirits and that even
while battling an illness they have the ability to express themselves freely."
He discussed the concept with John Stuart Reid who was immediately
enthusiastic about it. The discussion sparked in Kyle the idea to place the
children in three groups and sing the words, ?Love", ?Expression", ?Art". He
arranged the words as a formula that the children could easily remember:
Love + Expression = Art
The three group songs were recorded and sent to the CymaScope laboratory for
imaging. John Stuart Reid imaged one word from each group; from one recording
he imaged the word ?Love?, from the next he imaged, ?Expression? and from the
third he imaged the word ?Art?.
Kyle said, "When the kids saw the three Voice Mandalas the beauty of the
patterns had a profound impact on them. They were truly in awe of what they
created with their own voices. For several of the kids there was a very real
connection to the sound art they created." Each child was given a copy of
their group Voice Mandala to take home and paint for fun, creating a pretty
keepsake of their experience. Some children decided to donate their art to the
Foundation?s yearly Gala so it can be valued at auction to raise funds for
next year?s Camp Smile.
For Michelle Zenie and Lisa Kappes of the Pediatric Cancer Foundation this
annual event opens an opportunity for children and their families to step
outside the daily life of therapies and treatments and instead, play and have
fun. Michelle commented, "An environment is created that allows them to feel
and be free, as children are meant to be.? Lisa added, "The bonds that are
formed among the children are significant, and quite different to the way that
unchallenged children respond to each other. This is what makes Camp Smile
such a special place and event."
If you or someone you know would like to support the efforts of Camp Smile and
their Foundation, donations can be made via the Foundation?s web site:
Thomas can be found on Instragram @Kyle_Cre8s
From right to left: Artist, Kyle
Thomas with students, Jack Knudson and Evan Luzader.
The dog is Machi (In service to
The CymaScope is featured in Adam B Dorfman?s Conceptual Revolutions in
Adam B Dorfman?s Conceptual Revolutions in Science, published in July 2015 by
Relentlessly Creative books, features John Stuart Reid and the CymaScope, in
addition to the pioneering work of Dr. Gerald H. Pollack, MJ Pangman, Daniel
Schmidt, and Dr. Mae-Wan Ho. It is essential reading for those searching for a
higher truth and a desire to gain vital insights into the complex jigsaw that
is modern science.
John Stuart Reid commented, ?I was honoured to be asked to
contribute to Conceptual Revolutions in Science, a book that provides a
powerful exploration of science and contains many gems of knowledge to help
seekers everywhere; gems that have already helped me. The twin spiral cover
image of the book was created on the CymaScope instrument and, in one sense,
is an image that embodies the core essence of my exploration into the realm of
sound: to attempt to discover the link between sound and life, and answer the
question, was sound a key ingredient in the creation of life?
spirals are created in Nature by a natural phyllotaxis principle that embodies
Fibonacci mathematical relationships and yet, since twin spirals can be
readily created by sound, it raises the intriguing possibility that sound is
not only an aspect of life, but, perhaps, life is an aspect of sound."
Curiosity is something that drives Adam B. Dorfman, and he designed Conceptual
Revolutions in Science to help readers explore new findings in a fast-paced
format, and stretch their view of reality. He commented, ?I hope that my book
will have a profound impact on the lives of readers since it provides a modern
scientific framework from which to observe the world and offers encouragement
and knowledge to pursue the most amazing innovations in our global
Conceptual Revolutions in Science can be obtained from Amazon:
Dr. Rupert Sheldrake visits the CymaScope Laboratory
Dr. Rupert Sheldrake, one of the world?s most well-known and celebrated
scientists, recently visited the CymaScope laboratory and talked with John
Dr. Sheldrake obtained his PhD in biochemistry from Clare College, Cambridge,
for his work in plant development and plant hormones and went on to become a
fellow of Clare College, working in biochemistry and cell biology and
publishing a number of papers on this subject. A 2012 profile published in The
Guardian newspaper described him as "one of the brightest Darwinians of his
generation?. His 1970?s research with Philip Rubery of the chemiostatic model
concerning the auxin transport within plants, has been confirmed in recent
years by other researchers. Auxin is a hormone with morphogen-like
characteristics and involved in the morphology mechanism of plants. (One of
the first people to discuss morphogenesis was Alan Turing in his paper, The
Chemical Basis of Morphogenesis in which he predicted a chemical mechanism for
biological pattern formation.) Dr. Sheldrake says he ended this line of
research, concluding that, "After nine years of intensive study, it became
clear to me that biochemistry would not solve the problem of why things have
the basic shape they do.?
John Stuart Reid shares an interest with Dr. Sheldrake in the
morphology of plants and animals. The CymaScope often creates cymatic forms
that strongly resemble early lifeforms, suggesting that there may be a link
between the sonic environment and the morphology of early life. Reid
commented, ?When I first began to see life-like cymatic forms emerge in water
(contained in the CymaScope?s visualising cell) my initial thought was that
the forms were likely to be happenstance, but over the years I have witnessed
more and more of these sonic forms emerge, created by sound alone, and I can
no longer dismiss them as coincidentally resembling early organisms; it now
seems to me almost certain that a governing sonic mechanism was at work in
Earth?s primordial oceans .?
Dr. Sheldrake?s visit the CymaScope Pro instrument was demonstrated and he
commented, ?This new analogue method of rendering sounds visible is
fascinating and carries potential to open new horizons in many fields of
Dr. Rupert Sheldrake and John
CymaScope Video in a World-first Cathedral Installation
When Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, in Portland, Oregon, decided to sponsor an
art installation they chose a collaborative design by artist, Shelley
Socolofsky and John Stuart Reid of CymaScope.com. The theme set by the
cathedral was that the piece should connect light and dark and be a "new and
experimental art form and media that cannot be hung on walls nor placed on
Using this brief Socolofsky and Reid came up with a design
titled ''Cauldron", featuring a six foot diameter circular pond of white color-dyed
water, onto which a video projector would fire CymaScope imagery relevant to
the cathedral. It was decided to make visible the beautiful Pilgrim's Hymn,
sung by the cathedral's choir, and for a finale, to make visible part of JS
Bach's Toccata and Fugue. Socolofsky designed a warm color pallet for the
CymaScope imagery and asked for the piece to begin with the sound of flowing
water made visible, followed by the sound of the Trinity Bell made visible.
The bell sound was recorded at St Paul's Episcopal Church in Salem, Oregon-
struck by their music director Paul Klemme.
After the installation opened to the public Shelley Socolofsky
commented, ''The Cauldron installation was a huge success and the crowd was
mesmerised and fascinated by the CymaScope imagery reflected off water. People
came to see it in their droves.''? Nathan LaDuc, Acting Dean of the Trinity
Episcopal Cathedral, said, ''Cauldron [which ran May 15th to May 31st 2015]
allowed us to see our beloved cathedral in new ways with sound, color, light
and water a centrepiece of our arts festival [that] gave us a fresh yet
ancient perspective on the meaning of sacred space. It was an amazing
installation; I'm still hearing people talk about it! Thanks [to Shelley Socolofsky and the CymaScope team and thanks to Allan Oliver [of the
cathedral's arts committee] for making it all happen!''?
John Stuart Reid commented, ''The Trinity art installation project represents
the first ever cymatics-based art installation in a cathedral, to our
knowledge. It was a real thrill to see the imagery of the marvellous Pilgrim's
Hymn and Toccata and Fugue come alive for the first time in the CymaScope
laboratory. James Stuart Reid did wonderful work in constructing and editing
the various elements in post production. We hope this will be the first of
many MusicMadeVisible videos designed for sacred spaces in the future.''
Stuart Reid commented, ''The Trinity art installation project represents the
first ever cymatics-based art installation in a cathedral, to our knowledge.
It was a real thrill to see the imagery of the marvellous Pilgrim's Hymn and
Toccata and Fugue come alive for the first time in the CymaScope laboratory.
James Stuart Reid did wonderful work in constructing and editing the various
elements in post production, aided by Stuart Mitchell
who provided the musical score for the two pieces of music. We hope this will
be the first of many MusicMadeVisible videos designed for sacred spaces in the
CymaScope Images featured in San Francisco 'Window Gallery'
A collection of CymaScope images were featured in San
Francisco's Window Gallery at the Center for New Music during March 2015. The
centrepiece of the exhibition was the Mereon Matrix image, given prominence as
the most important in the show. The CymaScope team is working with scientists
who have been studying the Mereon pattern for almost two decades and they
believe it may prove to be the creative principle at the heart of Nature.
Stuart Reid commented, ''We were delighted to have been invited to exhibit in
San Francisco's Window Gallery. CymaScope imagery, as art, is a wonderful way
to introduce the concept of visible sound to the general public and we are
particularly pleased to have displayed the Mereon prime frequency image which
is helping provide scientists with new insights into physics."
David Samas, curator of The Gallery for Invented Instruments within the Window
Gallery, commented, ''I very much respect the CymaScope team and relate to the
imagery both as art and science. CymaScope images are all so wonderful it was
hard to decide which to show in our gallery but our final choice proved
popular and everyone who saw the pieces loved them."
Canadian Professors visit the CymaScope Laboratory
Professors Lila Pine (New Media) and Joanne DiNova (sociolinguistics) from
Ryerson University, Canada, visited the CymaScope laboratory to explore the
possibilities of using the instrument for language studies.
In recent years cymascopic techniques have advanced to the
point where it is now possible to make almost any sound visible by
transcribing sonic periodicities to water wavelet periodicities, techniques
that permit even the most subtle nuances within speech, for example, to be
rendered visible. The challenge facing scientists wishing to utilise the
CymaScope instrument to explore aspects of sound generated by organic or
inorganic processes, is in developing methods capable of analyzing the
resulting imagery. The Geometry section of the CymaScope web site discusses
research in this area and highlights recent achievements:
Dr Lila Pine and DiNova had previously developed a digital spectrographic
instrument to compare and study patterns within languages, but they hoped that
the CymaScope could provide visual markers that would help identify key
patterns within different languages. They are particularly interested in the
languages of First Nation people of North America in which they are beginning
to identify elements not seen in the English language.
First Nation languages are at risk due to the impacts of colonisation.
Professor DiNova commented, '' was immediately intrigued by the CymaScope
images I had seen online. But when I actually saw it in action, saw the water
physically move to form complex patterns in real time, I knew right away that
this was the tool for our research.''? Professor Pine added, ''And because our
scholarship is Indigenous in nature, water is the perfect imaging medium."
Dr Lila Pine and DiNova with John Stuart
Reid in the CymaScope laboratory
Holographic Modelling Techniques applied to CymaScope imagery by Digital
Artist and Musician, John McGowan
The holographic nature of sound was postulated several years ago by John
Stuart Reid; it assumes that every atomic particle of air carries all the data
that describes a particular sound. The holographic concept for sound found
recent support with esteemed acoustician, Andrew Munro, who visited the
CymaScope laboratory in July 2015. Now the principles of holographic sound
have been used by Digital Artist and Musician, John McGowan, who applied VFX
modelling techniques to a MusicMadeVisible (MMV) video that he commissioned.
MMV is an experimental medium being developed by the CymaScope team in which a
physical analog is created by imprinting music's vibrations onto a water
membrane in the CymaScope's vizualising cell.
The music used for this experiment was Mr McGowan's own composition titled
''Stretch''. He commented, ''I was inspired by the CymaScope's ability to render
music visible in quasi-3D and for my Master of Science project I had the idea
that if I could model quasi-3D imagery into full 3D, the technique could
enlighten and educate, providing a visual tool to help show the true nature of
sound. I used VFX techniques including particle dynamics, texturing and
modelling methods. I analysed and modelled the individual frames from the
MusicMadeVisible video, interpreting the shapes using Maya Nurbs modelling
techniques (Autodesk Maya 3D Software). Colours and ''wave like'' effects were
added to the particles by using scripted mathematical expressions in Maya, as
well as having a separate translucent layer of the geometry with a 'soap
bubble material applied. Finally, the many layers were assembled in Nuke
The project took around 4 months to
Stuart Reid commented, ''John McGowan's achievement is highly significant and
has provided not only a launch pad from which a new audio-visual entertainment
medium could emerge but also a technique to diffuse knowledge concerning the
spherical nature of sound in a new and powerfully visual way. It also carries
the potential to help advance scientific understanding of the nature of
The video, titled 'Holographic Music,' can be viewed on YouTube, here:
Consultant, Andrew Munro, visits the CymaScopelaboratory
is one of the world's foremost authorities on acoustics and head of Munro
Acoustics, a company specialising in the design of high-end music, film and
broadcast studio facilities.
A member of the Institute of Acoustics, Mr Munro's clients include the BBC and
many of the world's famous opera houses and auditoria. The meeting with John
Stuart Reid, research director of Sonic Age America LLC and Sonic Age Ltd (UK)
was historically significant, representing the first time that the CymaScope
instrument has been demonstrated to an acoustics consultant. The cymascopic
principle was demonstrated in relation to several applications including
rendering visible the Mereon pattern, which may prove to be the energetic
pattern that resides at the heart of Creation.
centred on the holographic nature of sound, which John Stuart Reid postulates
infers that every atom and molecule in air carries all the data inherent in a
given sound, no matter how complex. The quasi-3D aspects of cymascopic imagery
were also discussed, a phenomena involving sub-surface sonically-induced
Mr Munro commented, "As someone who is committed to discovering
why sound consistently evades more detailed analysis than current practice, I
was curious to see the CymaScope operating. When I saw the highly detailed
sonically-induced patterns appearing before my eyes through the visual capture
of standing waves in water, I realised that a daunting task lies ahead in
de-mystifying such complexity and I look forward to learning more about this
CymaScope imagery chosen
for major ecological hotel project
The CymaScope team was
approached by Arqka.com, designers of the Amma Center in Mexico, a
ground-breaking project that will house hotel guests in ecologically designed
Believed to be the first hotel of its kind in the world, the design is based
on 22 adobe-constructed pods, each incorporating many ecological design
features. The feature for which the designers asked for the assistance of
CymaScope.com was the requirement for each of the 22 pods to relate to a
specific chakra of the body. To achieve this we captured a set of 22
CymaGlyphs based on musical notes in 432 tuning.
We also carried out research to support other associated design elements of
the pods, incorporating color,
fragrance, crystals, astrological signs and several other aspects associated
with each of the 22 chakras.
The resulting CymaGlyphs contain a unique set of beautiful geometries, used by
the hotel designers in their choice of textiles and textures for wall and
floor finishes and for fabric designs, unique to each pod.
The CymaScope team have worked with Karmin, the pop duo team comprising Amy
Heidemann and Nick Noonan who are enjoying growing success in many parts of
the world with their unique brand of pop music.
Their Pulses video features a five note sung sequence and a seven word sung
sequence, made visible on the CymaScope. We are delighted that Karmin decided
to add a humorous introduction to the Pulses video, with George Takei (Star
Trek helmsman character, Sulu) providing the voice over. George's fun
explanation provides the basis by which the viewer can fully appreciate the
CymaScope imagery within the Karmin video.
Both sequences show that it is possible for complex, fast-moving sounds to be
transcribed to a visual analog, paving the way for MusicMadeVisible full
length videos in the future. In addition to entertainment applications the new
technique holds promise for the science of phonology since all the major
nuances in speech can now be captured and rendered visible for study.
also be benefits for profoundly deaf people since complex music can now be
transcribed to a visual analog.
first sounds of a snail eating, made visible on CymaScope
For the first time, the sounds of a Mesodon zaletus snail, eating carrot, have
been successfully imaged on the CymaScope. The snail rasping sounds were
recorded by Malacologist, Marla L. Coppolino, assisted by sound engineer, Lang
Elliott, and contain a variety of sonic 'plop' events as pieces of
carrot were torn off by the snail's radula, its tongue-like protuberance.
Surprisingly, some of the plop sounds contain structure, making it possible
for the periodic geometry within the sounds to be captured on the CymaScope
CymaScope team member, John Stuart Reid, commented "When the snail makes
sounds by eating crunchy food, the sonic energy radiates away spherically. The
sounds then reflect off the inside of the snail's mouth and these surfaces
modify the sonic periodicities, in much the same way that the sound of a hand
clap is modified by the walls of a canyon. In the case of the snail, the
reflective surfaces of its radula and mouth add another level of data to the
snail's eating sounds."
Reid hypothesizes that these modified sounds could be thought
of as being quasi-holographic in nature, that is, they may contain embedded
spatial data relating to the surfaces in the immediate vicinity of the snail's radula. He suggests the possibility that some of the images contain structures
representing parts of the snail's radula and mouth cavity. It is hoped that
further research will shed more light on this hypothesis which, if
demonstrated to be correct, will add to a growing body of evidence that sound
has quasi-holographic properties.
Marla Coppolino commented, ''Snail morphologies contain some of the inherent
geometries of Nature, something that has been of interest to me for decades.
To have the snail rasping sounds made visible with a CymaScope supports the
notion that some animals don't need to vocalize in order to make sounds from
which vibrational data can be obtained.''
A video of the
sounds made visible can be seen in our 'Videos' section:
A wonderful new
documentary, ''The Grounded'', by Kroschel Films, features the CymaScope.
The film is to be premiered in New York on January 10th and is an exposition
of what some authorities
consider to be the greatest health re-discovery of all time - grounding people
to earth which has the
effect of neutralising free radicals in the body and improving sleep and
The film maker, Steve
Kroschel, filmed a sequence of Schumann Cavity Resonance in the laboratory of
the first time it has been captured on 35 mm film stock.
Visit to Prague
Filmharmonic Orchestra for recording of the Grounded score.
Left to right: Composer: Stuart Mitchell, filmmaker: Steve Kroschell,
CymaScope representation: Annaliese and John Stuart Reid
November 11th 2013
Halo Drum imaged for first time on CymaScope
In collaboration with musician, Matthew Calder, we imaged a short Halo Drum
melody as part of our ongoing development of MusicMadeVisible in which the
complex harmonic structures within music are made visible in real time video
mode. A Halo Drum is an instrument similar to a Hang Drum and the results of
experiment can be seen in our Musicology section:
The Hang Drum was invented in 2001 by the Swiss company, Panart. Matthew told
us: "I first came across the Hang Drum in 2002 and immediately fell in love
with its unique sonics and musical range. As a percussionist the initial
temptation was to play it like a drum, but it soon became clear that the
harmonics and subtleties of the Hang leant to a much more meditative
expression of playing. More recently I have been playing a newer instrument by
Pantheon Steel, the 'Halo'. Although it shares a similar form to the Hang Drum
it is larger and has a very different character.
The Halo has a
smoky, darker timbre with considerably greater projection. It also has more
sustain, so its harmonics can be more readily captured on the CymaScope. The
way the individual notes resonate creates a truly captivating sound. It is a
great pleasure to see the Halo imaged on the Cymascope and to be part of a
The clarity of the
video imaging is superb and looking through the frames one by one, the way
they flow into each other is fascinating."
Halo Drum, C3 note, still moment from the CymaScope video
CymaScopic discoveries at the
The 2013 Mereon Conference took place in August at the UK laboratory of
CymaScope.com, in a research-oriented cooperative venture with The Mereon
Institute and its Lambda Lab research arm. The agenda of the conference
included, deepening relationships between team members, conducting key
experiments in the laboratory and defining additional research projects.
One of the most exciting moments, considered to be 'Mereonic-Cymatic history',
occurred when a cymatic event was seen beneath the water's surface that had
been predicted. Lynnclaire Dennis, on the far right of the photograph,
we saw on Dr Louis Kauffman's face said it all as three camera angles into the
CymaScope Visualising Cell provided a glimpse of a phenomenon that has been
'articulated' and 'anticipated' for 28 years. It only became observable when
the Mereon Prime Frequency was captured at 45 and 90 degree angles.
Furthermore, shooting from multiple angles provided clear evidence that now
reinforces our hypothesis that the Mereon Prime Frequency is tying cymatic
knots. The ability to see below the surface reveals that the CymaScope data is
The Mereon team is currently writing a paper to present this important
John Stuart Reid and The
May 26th 2013
Cymatics featured on Discovery Channel
The Discovery Channel in the USA and Channel 5 in the UK, recently aired a
documentary titled "The Da Vinci Code: The True Story", in which the truth
behind Dan Brown's novel is revealed. Aspects of the chapel were featured in
Dan Brown's novel, The Da Vinci Code.
The documentary features, among other items, the famous Rosslyn Cubes, a
series of 213 carved cuboids that decorate the Lady Chapel in Edinburgh's
famous Rosslyn Chapel. Each cube carries a cymatic pattern in raised relief;
many people over the last few decades have attempted to decode the patterns to
reveal what was thought to be music, each cymatic pattern representing a
No one had succeeded until father and son team, Thomas and
Stuart Mitchell, focussed their considerable musical talents on the challenge.
The secret of the cubes was indeed musical and the music that they decoded has
been named the Rosslyn Motet.
The film maker asked CymaScope.com if we could confirm Stuart and Thomas'
musical code, on-camera. Using an electromechanical Chladni plate we were able
to find patterns that strongly resembled the patterns-versus-frequencies
discovered by the Mitchells.
This exciting development has showcased cymatics to millions of viewers and is
sure to help popularize cymatics as an emergent science.
The patterns we confirmed can be seen on Thomas Mitchell's web site:
The 'Stave Angel' points to musical notes. One of the
cymatic cubes is seen above his head
The same cymatic pattern created by stroking the bow gently
at one corner of the CymaPlate
John Stuart Reid examines a scale model of a Rosslyn Cube,
carved in sand stone, courtesy of Rosslyn Chapel. The cuboids are surprisingly
Cymatics at the San Francisco Exploratorium
When the team at CymaScope.com was contacted by Karly Sue Smith of the Bay
Area Artists, we were immediately taken by the name of the opening event
planned for the New Exporatorium: The Seeds of LIfe. This title is
particularly resonant with the CymaScope team because our work has repeatedly
shown that the creation of life on earth seems to have been intimately
connected with sound. When we see what appear to be living, dynamic forms in
sonically imprinted water, when in fact the forms are merely life-like in
their dynamism and shape, leads us to believe that sound may have been the
very seed of life in the primordial oceans.
We were delighted to support the new Exploratorium's Gala event and hope that
one day children and adults will be able to see such dynamic, cymascopic seeds
of life in an Exploratorium exhibit.
Here's what the Exploratorium say about their centre:
"The Exploratorium is a twenty-first-century learning laboratory, an
eye-opening, always-changing, playful place to explore and tinker. For more
than forty years, we've built creative, thought-provoking exhibits, tools,
programs, and experiences that ignite curiosity, encourage exploration, and
lead to profound learning. Dive in and discover what we're all about."
March 3rd 2013
Cymatics comes of age as an emergent science:
The Mereon Matrix
In recent years, our research at CymaScope.com has focused
mainly on developing the CymaScope as a scientific instrument, to bring it to
the point where it can accurately render and replicate sonic frequencies.
However, we have remained aware that the governing dynamics of cymatic
phenomena must be mathematically described for it to be fully embraced by
In 2012 we began working with the team of mathematicians and scientists who,
after discovering what may be the energetic pattern that resides at the heart
of Creation, have spent almost two decades investigating and researching its
application. The anecdotal perspective of this discovery was first presented
in the book ''The Pattern'' in 1997: the Pattern is now known as 'Mereon'. In
our first dialogue with the Mereon team we were asked if the CymaScope could
render visible some of the key frequencies related to this pattern. No one
could have predicted just how successful the results of this collaboration
would turn out.
To read the full story please visit our Mereon Matrix section:
Voice Mandala Image displayed at Ikon Gallery,
The Voice and the Lens exhibition was held at the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham,
during November 2012 and was a festival and exhibition exploring the treasures
of the human voice. Photographer, Kathryn Faulkner, was invited by curator,
Sam Belinfante and Third Ear Music Production, to present a voice-related
image. She chose a large-scale Voice Mandala print, imaged on the CymaScope by
John Stuart Reid from a recording of her voice in which she chanted OM.
Kathryn is seen here standing beside her
Voice Mandala, which contains beautiful six-fold geometry.
November 28th 2012
CymaScope chosen for major motion picture
In October 2012 our UK CymaScope lab was visited
by Kroschel Films regarding a major motion picture documentary nominally titled
The Grounded. The movie, which will be released worldwide during 2015, covers
the new science of 'grounding' or 'earthing.' The health benefits of walking
bare foot, or being grounded by placing your feet on an electrically grounded
mat while working at your computer or watching TV, are explored in depth in
The movie's co-producer, Steve Kroschel, shot 35 millimetre film footage of
the CymaScope in action, using an Arriflex camera. While Hans Jenny shot
cymatics in 16 millimetre film in the 1960's, this is the first time ever, to
knowledge, that cymatics has been shot in 35 millimetre. The results are
expected to be spectacular on movie screens. One of the sequences shot
was of Schumann cavity resonance, another first for the science of cymatics.
The release date of The Grounded will be posted in this section of our site
when it is confirmed.
John Stuart Reid (right) shakes hands
with film maker Steve Kroschel in the CymaScope lab
July 14th 2012
Cymatics at the Smithsonian
A few months ago we were asked by the Smithsonian to image some
'songs of the stars' for their new African Cosmos Stellar Arts exhibition
which opened on June 20th and runs through to December 9th 2012.
The atomic processes within stars create sounds deep within the star,
causing the starlight to vary minutely. These tiny modulations can be
detected and demodulated, recreating the original sounds in the
The star sounds were processed by three Universities and the completed
sound files were then fed into a CymaScope, rendering the sounds visible.
In a Discovery News story by science writer, Jennifer Viegas, the work
of John Stuart Reid and Jack Kassewitz is highlighted regarding dolphin
language, along with the work of Peter Madsen, a researcher with the
Department of Biological Sciences at Aarhus University.
Peter Masden's work suggests that dolphins create sounds by a process
that is similar to the way humans make sounds with vocal cords. Reid said
"Whichever way the dolphin generates sound, our work with the
CymaScope instrument shows that dolphins communicate with sound
pictures rather than words per se."
We Are Not Alone--The Discovery of
Jack Kassewitz of SpeakDolphin.com and John Stuart Reid of CymaScope.com have
made a significant breakthrough in deciphering dolphin language in which a
series of eight objects have been sonically identified by dolphins.
When Reid imaged the dolphin's reflected echolocation sounds on the CymaScope
it became possible for the first time to see the sono-pictorial images that
the dolphin created. The resulting pictures resemble typical ultrasound images
seen in hospitals. The team are calling the technique "Bio-Cymatic Imaging" a
milestone in marine biology and acoustic physics.
You can read the full story in our Oceanography section:
Japanese Children's Magazine Features the CymaScope
We were delighted to be invited to contribute the Japanese science magazine,
"Otona no Kagaku" (Grown-up's Science) published by Gakken Holdings. Their
latest edition is called "Otona no Kagaku with KIDS", a magazine that parents
and children can enjoy and learn about science together:
The magazine was especially interested in the CymaScope's ability to make
visible the sounds of piano notes. The graphic they prepared presents this
Voice Mandalas" made visible for the first time on the CymaScope instrument
When Prince William and Kate Middleton spoke their
wedding vows before 2 billion people, they couldn't have known that deep in
the English Lake District, a laboratory was making their voices visible with a CymaScope.
Just as the invention of the microscope uncovered a previously hidden realm,
the invention of the CymaScope reveals the once invisible realm of sound. The
voice patterns of Prince William and Kate Middleton, now the Duke and Duchess
of Cambridge, present some surprising results.
According to John Stuart Reid, the instrument's co-inventor,
Prince William's voice has some interesting characteristics. "His Royal
Highness' voice pattern is based on the number twelve that was a sacred number
for many religions, including the royal Egyptian dynasties. The twelve
plant-like motifs around the Duke's voice image resemble the lotus blossom,
while the central feature, based on a hexagon, is very crown like. A sun or
star-like symbol inside the hexagon reminds us that the sacred biography of
all kings was related to the sun god."
And what of the Duchess' voice pattern? Again, Reid provides some interesting
insights, "Her Royal Highness' voice pattern contains 14 flower-like motifs,
and ancient symbology suggests that the number 14 denotes someone with a vivid
imagination, who is full of ideas, energy and vitality. The inner part of the
pattern includes a seven-sided figure, a number associated with the seven
virtues: Faith, Hope, Charity, Fortitude, Justice, Prudence, and Temperance. "
One particularly wonderful aspect of the CymaScope is that it allows all
sounds and voice patterns to be visually studied. Voice patterns are unique to
each person, much like a finger-print. Sounds do not create 'waves', as is
popularly believed, but shimmering, holographic sound bubbles, and the
geometries contained within these bubbles are captured with this new
instrument. As Prince William and Kate Middleton recited their marriage vows,
the "sound bubbles" that emerged from their mouths were imaged on the CymaScope.
Sonic Age America is currently using the CymaScope to help decipher dolphin
language with a team led by Jack Kassewitz in Florida, a dedicated marine
biology researcher who has made significant strides in his bid to "speak
dolphin." (See our Oceanography section.)
Copies of William & Kate's "Harmonic Love Mandala" artwork, featuring the merged voice patterns of the
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are available from Kassewitz's charitable
organization, Global Heart Inc. All revenues from the artwork will go toward
dolphin language research.
Popular female singer has become the first woman in Japan to
see her own voice
Izumi Watanabe, the popular Japanese vocalist, ordered a large number
of Harmonic Voice Mandalas just prior to the major earthquake that rocked
Japan. Here is what Izumi wrote us after the devastation.
"We are safe, we live near Tokyo and the earthquake shook in
our place greatly. It was scary...we sing love, light and sound to the earth.
We sing love light and sound to the stricken area.
With a crystal singing ball I heard a cry
of the earth at time of the earthquake.
Her intention is strong. The consciousness of people must change.
My family have sent supplies to the stricken area.
We help and encourage each other. We cooperate.
We are all are the families of the earth!
I am you. You are me. We are one.
We are light. We are sound. We are love."
Izumi hopes that the beauty of the mandalas, when seen by the Japanese
people, will help to lift their spirits. We hope so too.
Our Harmonic Voice Mandala section may be found here:
Artist chooses CymaScope to help crystalize a dream from
In 2006 the celebrated American artist, Ray Pierotti, attended the first
international conference based on the sound healing modality, Cymatherapy. One
of the guest speakers, John Stuart Reid, demonstrated the Cymascope, an
instrument he developed with gifted American design engineer, Erik Larson.
Reid's talk and demonstration inspired Mr Pierotti to manifest a concept he
first dreamed about as a teenager in the Wasatch Mountains, the creation of
art that is able to capture and connect the ephemeral world of sight, shape,
carries superb new article on Cymatics
The December edition of Veritas Magazine, now in its third issue, carries a
major 6-page article on cymatics. Authored by John Stuart Reid & Annaliese
Shanda Reid the article is aimed at readers who have not previously been
exposed to the subject of visible sound.
John Stuart commented: "Veritas invited us to write an article that would
truly capture the imagination of readers and encourage them to explore the
wonderful new field of cymatics for themselves. I hope we have achieved that
goal and that readers will enjoy reading our overview of cymatics as much as
Annaliese and I enjoyed writing it."
10th December 2010 Israeli construction company BST choose CymaScope for promotional ad
The Israeli development &
construction company, BST, have chosen to use a series of CymaGlyphs to
support their latest promotional campaign.
Daphna Oron, Art
director of advertising agency Elfasi-Contact,
"We needed a symbol of harmony and
preciseness to represent the vision of BST Group. Your cymatics images are
clearly the best in the world and if a picture speaks a thousand words your
images speak volumes about beauty and precision, perfectly encapsulating
two aspects of our client's professional ethos." BST's subsidiary, Marble Arch
Trade, markets quality marble worldwide to the
US, Canada, UK, Australia and Panama.
National Geographic "Amazing!" series features the CymaScope
National Geographic featured the CymaScope this summer in an episode of their
AMAZING! show, which was aired in the U.S.A on August 27th. The film was shot
at our UK CymaScope laboratory and John Stuart Reid provided the
including playing a Chladni plate outdoors in the first snows of winter,
during which sand was filmed at macro range, dancing in the freezing air.
John commented "It is a wonderful acknowledgement of our work to be featured
by National Geographic, particularly regarding the imaging of whale and
and making the sounds from stars visible."
During the National Geographic film shoot John took this shot of Annaliese
Reid creating Crystal 'CymaArt' in which sounds from the sun are being
depicted by crystal media on glass.
National Geographic Amazing! documentary
Tony & Dave, capturing live cymatic footage in the UK
laboratory of CymaScope.com
Piano notes made visible for the first time
Sonic Age America were commissioned by New Zealand-born artist, Shannon Novak,
to make visible 12 notes from a grand piano. The notes, imaged in real time
video, will be used by Mr Novak as inspiration for 12 fine-art works.
Previously it had been assumed that each note would have a fixed geometry but
we discovered something surprising, the geometry actually varies over time as
the note decays.
in our understanding of vowel sound structure
Previously it had been assumed
that each of the five vowels would have the same basic form for every person.
However, our present cymatic study of vocal sounds has revealed a surprising
result. The geometry of vowels actually
varies from pitch-to-pitch for each person and from person to person. Nature,
it seems, loves variety.
The CymaScope has made visible, for the first time, the sound of a star, HR
3831A, a companion to HR 3831-B. First discovered by Professor Don Kurtz,
currently of the University of Central Lancashire Centre for Astrophysics, UK,
this is a rapidly oscillating star, known as an roAp* star.
It has an interesting acoustic signature that manifests beautifully on the
CymaScope. It features distinctive geometry that could provide a useful analog
for future students of asteroseismology and for outreach projects.
'Grooovenik' are world's first band to
'see' their music
A band from the North East of England, Groovenik, have become the first in the
world to have some of their music imaged on the CymaScope. The story was
published in the Sunday Sun newspaper on 11th April.