Cymatics and Cymascope Information

Click on the Research buttons below to glimpse the scientific potential of the CymaScope and the wonderful world of cymatics.

What is cymatics?

Cymatics is the science of sound made visible.

It is based on the principle that when sound encounters a membrane such as your skin or the surface of water, it imprints an invisible pattern of energy. In other words, the periodic vibrations in the sound sample are converted and become periodic water ripples, creating beautiful geometric patterns that reveal the once hidden realm of sound. If we could see the sounds around us with our eyes we would see myriads of holographic bubbles, each with a kaleidoscopic-like pattern its surface. The CymaScope, in a sense, allows us to image a circular section through a holographic sound bubble. Developed by  John Stuart Reid in the UK, the CymaScope reveals the once hidden realm of sound. The CymaScope, like the invention of the microscope and telescope, opens a realm not previously suspected to exist; a whole new world of visible sound.






What inspired the invention of the CymaScope?

John Stuart Reid had a deep interest in Egyptology and visited the Great Pyramid in 1989 with his father. The extraordinary resonant qualities of the granite sarcophagus in the King's Chamber led him to conclude that the Egyptians possessed more than a rudimentary knowledge of acoustics and had designed the King's Chamber and its sarcophagus to be acoustically resonant as part of a resurrection ritual. As John searched for a scientific tool to explore the resonances of the sarcophagus he came across the study of cymatics, a process that would visibly reveal the resonant sounds. When he returned to the pyramid in 1997 he conducted a series of cymatics experiments that were hugely successful, leading him to the realization that cymatics was a tool that could open many doors for humankind. In 2004 he designed a precursor cymatic instrument, called "Dodecadon." See our gallery for a pictorial guide:

What are some of the practical applications of cymatics? Applications are beginning to emerge for almost every aspect of human endeavor. From the study of the sound of stars(astroseismology), to the study of animal calls (zoology), and in a wide range of other disciplines, several of which are highlighted in this web site. In collaboration with Jack Kassewitz in Florida we are beginning to decipher dolphin language by building a lexicon of dolphin picture words. Dolphins can see with sound and when they echolocate on an object we are able to record these reflections and translate the image using the CymaScope. This research is a stepping-stone to supporting research with the deaf in visualizing their spoken language. As the deaf person makes a sound though a CymaScope, a cymatic image is displayed, allowing them to compare this image with the formation made by their speech therapist. Pre-lingual autistic children may also benefit during the process of acquiring speech and language by voice pattern recognition. Since many children with autism are visual thinkers CymaScope technology provides an ideal way to utilize their learning style.

Star sounds can also be made visible on the CymaScope and the resulting real time video imagery has already been hailed by scientists as an important visual analog, representing in a simple model some of the processes at work in the star that will be particularly useful to students of asteroseismology.

What inspires your continued research? What are some of the practical applications of cymatics? John says sometimes feel's like child treading on new fallen snow--walking a path where no one has been before—“every day in the lab we see sounds that have never been seen before. It is a great privilege to assist in the emergence of a new frontier in research—to be part of scientific history in the making. Cymatics is an enormously exciting new field of science”. The new science of visual sound—cymatics—will, in the future, enable humanity to understand far more about our world and Universe than we ever could with our ears alone, or with conventional instrumentation. The CymaScope, and the science of cymatics provides an important new aspect of future scientific research. A hugely exciting journey of exploration lies before us with the CymaScope, creating benefits for our children and our children’s children.

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Egyptian Sonics - John Stuart Reid










Sound gives birth to Light


Cymatics App for Mobile

Music Made Visible App

See the actual geometry of music for the first time on iPad iPhone, Android smartphone or tablet! The CymaScope app is the world’s first app to make the geometry of piano sounds and music visible. The imagery you will see is not a computer simulation; all the beautiful imagery in the app was created on a physical CymaScope then stored in digital memory for you to enjoy.
Keep the CymaScope app in your pocket at all times on iPhone or Android smartphone or if you prefer a larger screen size use iPad or an Android-powered tablet.





Cymatics App