November 5th 2020

Health as a Multidimensional Phenomena

A course incorporating innovative teaching methods and study programs for medical doctors, teachers and researchers

John Stuart Reid, technical director of Sonic Age Ltd, (the holding company for has been invited to teach a module in an international educational course in Slovakia, titled:


“Comprehensive Multi-professional Approach to the Treatment of Patients focusing on the Use Less Frequent Methods”.


The project is implemented with the support of the Erasmus+ Program and there are four partners in the course, summarized below.


It is likely to be an online course and dates and other details are currently in the planning stages. Watch this space for information on how to enroll.


Investigator and Coordinator of the Project: Dr Gustav Solar The First Clinic of G. Solar, Ltd., Slovak Republic, Samorin, (Prvá klinika akupunktúry a naturálnej medicíny G. Solára, s.r.o.) Health Care Provider, Scientific-Research Center and Education Institution


Sub Investigators and Project Partners:


Sonic Age, Ltd. Keswick, United Kingdom, Scientific Research Center, Device Manufacturer and Education Provider.


Dynamic Business Services, Ltd., Dynamické obchodní služby, s.r.o, Prague, Czech Republic, Scientific-Research Center, Device Manufacturer and Education Provider.


Medical Faculty of Slovak Medical University, Bratislava, Institute of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, (Slovenská zdravotnícka univerzita v Bratislave, Katedra FBLR) Slovak Republic, State University, Scientific-Research Center and Health Care Provider.


Module 1

First Clinic of Acupuncture and Natural Medicine, Bratislava, Slovakia


Dr Gustáv Solár, of the First Clinic of Acupucture and Natural Medicine, in Bratislava, will lead the course. Dr Solár is a medical doctor, scientist, teacher and president of the International Society of Natural Medicine. He is also director of the International Scientific Journal for Acupuncture and Natural Medicine. Dr Solár’s teaching module will incorporate comprehensive diagnostics, theoretical and practical principles of medical acupuncture.


Dr Gustáv Solár


Module 2

Slovak Medical University, Bratislava


The Slovak Medical University in Bratislava (SMU) is an educational institution proudly keeping the tradition of education of healthcare workers in specialized studies and continuous life-long education in Slovakia. Their staff includes 51 professors and 86 associate professors. Dr Karol Hornácek is head of the department of physiatry (physical medicine and rehabilitation) and balneology (the therapeutic use of baths), and is an associate professor. His teaching module will focus on physiatry and balneology.


Dr Karol Hornáček


Module 3

Dynamic Business Services Ltd, Prague, Czech Republic 


Ing. Daneš Koťátko will offer a teaching module focused on optimizing brain activity, including mapping the brain and influencing brain bands by means of music therapy. Brain activity measurements will be taken before and after the application of music. The teaching module will also focus on optimization of brain waves.


Ing. Daneš Koťátko


Module 4

Sonic Age Ltd, Lake District, UK


John Stuart Reid is an acoustic-physics scientist and technical director of Sonic Age Ltd (the holding company for, conducting acoustic–physics research and developing sound imaging devices, such as the CymaScope instrument. His module will focus on the foundations of Sound Therapy and Music Medicine, including an introduction to the physics of sound and light and the biological mechanisms that underpin sonic-based therapies. 


John Stuart Reid

August 20th 2020

Cymatic Science takes a Giant Leap in Times Square

When Times Square Arts organization decided to honor New York’s essential workers, especially healthcare workers, the result was a series of groundbreaking cymatics videos broadcast in Times Square. In a collaboration between and an artist collective known as Gathering of Noetic Generation (G.O.N.G.), a heartfelt piece of poetry was made visible by CymaScope instrument and displayed on Times Square giant screens.

In a seamless blend of art and science the poetry was made visible by imprinting the spoken words onto pure water in the CymaScope instrument, resulting in a visually dramatic and beautiful message that reflects how each one of us, individually and collectively as a society, are deeply indebted for the sacrifices being made by those on the frontlines, as well as recognition of those enduring painful loss at this time. As one of the world’s busiest pedestrian areas, Times Square epitomizes the city that never sleeps, and the cymatic poetry displays a beacon of love, by day and by night, at this unique moment in history.

John Stuart Reid, director of said, “The CymaScope team is honored to have been invited to assist in collaborating with Times Square Arts and the G.O.N.G. team of artists in creating this groundbreaking artwork, the first time in history that poetry has been made visible cymatically and the first time that cymatics imagery has been displayed in Times Square. This technique paves the way for the study of languages via their cymatic forms, and Professor Lila Pine of Ryerson University is already beginning to use a CymaScope instrument to make visible First Nation languages, to help raise awareness of this important aspect of North American heritage”. James Stuart Reid, who heads the CymaScope Lab2 facility, said, “The opportunity to make visible, English as well as Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Creole languages was an historic first and a genuine privilege. I was honoured to be part of such a wonderful collaboration".

Mel Chin, the G.O.N.G. artist who was first approached by Jean Cooney of Times Square Arts, said, “There many ways to say thank you, but as an artist it’s always great to create something that exceeds expectations, which this collaboration has achieved so well.” And Dawne Langford, also a G.O.N.G. artist, said, “My hope is that the essential workers see that they are being valued and know that there are people who want a better, more equitable, care-centered future. I think the American public is witnessing science [sound made visible] in real time”.

The video begins with three heart beats made visible, followed by speech made visible. These techniques pave the way for a new way to analyse heart sounds and to study languages via their cymatic forms. Watch the video here of tribute poetry made visible in Times Square; the end credits screen lists the many people involved in its creation:

May 30th 2020

Beethoven Cymatics—support for profoundly deaf people in their appreciation of classical music

Apart from the scientific and medical applications for cymatics, which the CymaScope team are passionate about, we also see a bright future for cymatics in art. In honour of Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th anniversary, the CymaScope team created a MusicMadeVisible excerpt from his Piano Sonata Number 8, Opus 13, Pathetique, played by gifted concert pianist, Daniel Levy. The video shows some of the artistic capabilities of the CymaScope instrument. This new MMV musicology technique, when further developed, may help those who have some degree of hearing impairment or who are profoundly deaf, in their enjoyment of music.

When remembering that Beethoven was completely deaf by age 46 we can only imagine the degree to which MusicMadeVisible would have supported him in his later compositions. All of the imagery you will see in our tribute video are the actual imprints of Beethoven’s music on pure water, quite literally, his music made visible, and were not computer generated.  You will see that we chose to have the initial MMV imagery emerge from Beethoven’s right eye, symbolising his mind’s-eye visualisation of this beautiful compositional idea. 

The portraits used in our interpretation of Beethoven’s music include Carl Stieler’s wonderful painting, which is one of the best known and from an actual sitting. The painting by Schloesser, of Beethoven in his Vienna study, is marvellously atmospheric and we chose to have the MMV imagery emerge from his compositional sheet music.

For optimal viewing pleasure, when you reach the YouTube link, do make sure that you view in HD by tapping the cog wheel at bottom right of YouTube screen.


February 12th 2020

CymaScope instruments under test by Bruel & Kjaer

The CymaScope MF+ and ELF instruments are in a process of continual development and recent improvements to the Voice Coil Motors of both models were recently tested by Bruel & Kjaer, the world’s largest manufacturer of sound and vibration measurement systems.

The CymaScope MF+ model now features an extended frequency response to 1500 Hz, while the ELF model was tested for G-forces within its published bandwidth of 3Hz to 50Hz, enabling it to be used for gravity wave studies. John Stuart Reid, director of research for Sonic Age Ltd and Sonic Age America LLC, said, “It is essential that scientific users of CymaScope instruments have access to robust data when studying CymaGlyphs, also known as Faraday Wave patterns. We chose Bruel & Kjaer to conduct the tests because they are leaders in their field of acoustic measurement. The tests were conducted by their UK Application Support Specialist, Guy Rickard, using a type 4516 accelerometer, one of the world’s smallest and lightest, weighing a mere 1.5grams. It was important to use a small and light accelerometer so that its mass did not significantly influence the frequency characteristic of these two CymaScope models.”

The MF+ CymaScope instrument finds applications in a wide range of scientific and artistic disciplines, including Asteroseismology, Biology, Cardiography, Electromyography, Hematology, Musicology, Neurophysiology, Oceanography, Ornithology, Phonology, Physics, Sonocytology and Sound Art, although it is possible to study many other fields with the MF+ CymaScope.

The ELF CymaScope instrument finds applications in Asteroseismology, Elephant sounds, ECG, EEG, EMG (Human bio signals), Gravity Waves, Hydrodynamics, Physics, Schumann Cavity Resonance, Water science, Whale sounds, Seismology.

Guy Rickard, UK Application Support Specialist for Bruel & Kjaer, tests the CymaScope Pro MF+ instrument

John Stuart Reid, director of research for Sonic Age Ltd and Sonic Age America LLC with the CymaScope Pro ELF instrument

CymaScope Pro ELF instrument under test at Bruel & Kjaer

January 24th 2020

Harmony becomes cacophony when healthy cells become cancerous

John Stuart Reid, technical director of the CymaScope laboratory, and Professor Ji, of Rutgers University, have completed a study toward creating an AI-based system to improve cancer surgery that could also lead to a new method of early cancer detection. The study has been published in the Water Journal.

The discovery that cells create sound was made by Professor James Gimzewski of UCLA, in 2002. Using an Atomic Force Microscope he and his colleague, Dr. Andrew Pelling, were able to listen to the sounds of cells for the first time. Surprisingly, they found that the sounds lie in the audible range; in other words, if our ears were sensitive enough we would be able to hear the sounds of our own cells. (Perhaps it is fortunate that we cannot!) Professor Gimzewski named their new approach to cell biology, “sonocytology,” combining “sono” (sound) with ”cytology’” (the study of cells). But Atomic Force Microscopy is technically challenging, requiring an acoustically isolated room and many other demanding precautions, rendering it less attractive than other, more recently explored methods of listening in to cell sounds. In the new study the sounds from cells were derived by Raman Spectroscopy, in which a laser probe strikes not one cell but typically thousands, the light being modulated by the movements of a myriad of cell membranes. The fact that many cells influence the laser beam means that the Raman system provides an accessible method of cell sound detection. As the laser light reflects from the tissue sample it carries with it tiny fluctuations that are collected by an electronic detector and are simultaneously made audible by a computer, therefore rendering the cell sounds audible as a diagnostic tool.

In the paper published In the Water Journal titled, “Imaging Cancer and Healthy Cell Sounds in Water by CymaScope, followed by Quantitative Analysis by Planck-Shannon Classifier” first steps are discussed in creating a real time system for surgeons, based on visual data provided by a CymaScope instrument, in which the sound of healthy and cancer cells is imprinted onto medical grade water, rather like a fingerprint on glass, leaving a visual signature of the cell sounds. A typical cymascopic image of a healthy cell sound is symmetrical and beautiful, while that of a cancer cell is typically skewed and ugly by comparison. The visual imagery would be displayed to the surgeon via specially adapted eyewear, augmented by a digital number derived in real time via software calculations, appearing in the eyewear, thereby supporting the surgeon’s decision where to make the incision. The system could also lead to an AI-based method of early cancer detection.

The use of sound in medical modalities is growing each year, both for therapeutic and diagnostic applications and this drug-free approach to medicine is finding welcome support among many physicians and in hospitals worldwide. In keeping with the title of this news item, “Harmony becomes cacophony when healthy cells become cancerous”, sound has a great future in medicine, a voice that deserves to be shouted out for all to hear.

The full article can be read at:

September 9th 2019

Professor Brian Josephson, Nobel Laureate in physics, visits the CymaScope lab

Professor Brian Josephson, Nobel Laureate in physics, said of the CymaScope instrument to John Stuart Reid,“Having watched one of your lectures I think your (re) discovery is going to be of great importance to the future of physics”.

Subsequently, in his lecture at the Royal Society of Medicine, in July 2018, Professor Josephson presented a CymaScope video that may show water’s ability to remember a sonic input frequency. He said, “Water exhibits remarkable structural and dynamic properties, including the ‘biological signal’ revealed by the investigations of Beneviste and Montagnier and the complex acoustically-induced structures in water revealed by the CymaScope. Organised dynamical behaviour is more the province of biology than of physics and will require different tools of investigation than are standard in physics. The CymaScope may be one such tool. It is not just a new scientific instrument but new science as well and I suspect a new field of maths.”

In August 2019 Professor Josephson visited the CymaScope lab where John Stuart Reid showed several videos, including that of submerged air bubbles in water, excited by low frequency sound, which exhibit life-like behaviour in that they appear to chase each other around the CymaScope’s cuvette while a cymatic pattern forms on their spheroidal surfaces. The experiment was designed to begin to shed light on the origin of life, around hydrothermal vents in the primordial oceans. The research video captured Professor Josephson’s interest and he commented, “This may help to clarify the way intelligence emerges in nature”. It will be shown at the Water Conference in October 2019, at Bad Solen, Germany, where John Stuart Reid will present on the subject of abiogenesis (the origins of life), among other topics.

A musical piece created by Professor Josephson entitled, “Sweet and Sour Harmony” is to be made visible in water, by CymaScope instrument, as a future project that marries art and science.

Professor Josephson’s interesting and inventive music can be found at this link:

Brian Josephson

Physics Professor and Nobel Laureate, Brian Josephson, with John Stuart Reid in the CymaScope lab

November 1st 2018

CymaScope Lab2 launches in the UK

The CymaScope Lab2 is now fully operational, a state-of-the-art facility, managed and operated by James Stuart Reid, son of John Stuart Reid. Lab2 is already handling all Voice Mandala imaging, including the voices of women, men, children, babies and pets. One of James’ first projects involved imaging a baby’s first cry and a person’s last breath, a commission for German artist, Björn Drenkwitz. The results of that powerful and poignant project were extraordinary and we will post more details soon.

Voice Mandalas are popular all year round but particularly in the weeks before Christmas. recently partnered with Yoga Gives Back (YGB), based in Los Angeles, to offer Voice Mandalas to yoga devotees in the USA and other countries, which will help support their work in India with women and under-privileged families. James said, ”Cymatics is such an exciting medium, for both science and art and I am thrilled that our work will begin to help women and children in India, the original home of the mandala." 

Other types of sound imaging, both still and video capture, will be phased into the Lab2’s work program during 2019, enabling Lab1, operated by John Stuart Reid, to focus on primary research. John said, “James has built a superb CymaScope laboratory, of which he can be justifiably proud. As a musician, talented mixed media artist and video artist he is ideally placed to create MusicMadeVisibleand other artistic materials that will help showcase the CymaScope Pro instrument in all parts of the world." 

James added, "Working with the CymaScope instrument is a great privilege and I sometimes feel like a child walking on virgin snow, exploring a world never before seen. In my creative process I am particularly interested in creating imagery that facilitates a connection between the viewer and the Cosmos, which the CymaScope achieves so beautifully.” 

Lab2 will also fulfil all orders for some of our new CymaPlate kits, details of which can be found at this link:

James Stuart Reid

James Stuart Reid in CymaScope Lab2

James Stuart Reid's Mandala

The Voice Mandala of James Stuart Reid, imaged by himself

July 29th 2018

Professor Brian Josephson, Nobel Laureate, featured the CymaScope in his lecture at the Royal Society of Medicine

On July 14th 2018 Professor Brian Josephson presented a lecture at the Royal Society of Medicine. The conference, titled New Horizons in Water Science, hosted many esteemed speakers including a second Nobel Laureate, Professor Luc Montagnier, Professor Gerald Pollack, Professor Vladimir Voeikov, Professor Alexander Konovalov and Dr. Robert Verkerk.

Brian Josephson was professor of physics at the Cavendish Laboratory from 1974 until his retirement in 2007. He is currently emeritus professor of physics at the University of Cambridge, a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, and a Fellow of the Royal Society.

In his first contact with John Stuart Reid, he said of the CymaScope instrument, “Having watched one of your lectures I think your (re) discovery is going to be of great importance to the future of physics”.

In his lecture at the Royal Society of Medicine, on the subject of the memory of water and ordering processes in general, Professor Josephson presented two CymaScope videos, one of which concerned the memory of water. He said, “The idea that water can have a memory can be readily dismissed on the basis of any of a number of easily understood invalid arguments” and then proceeded to explain to the audience why these arguments are invalid. To support his presentation he included a CymaScope video that appears to show water’s ability to remember a sonic input frequency injected into the CymaScope’s visualizing cuvette, after the frequency has been removed. He also presented a video showing the sound of a cancer cell made visible, part of a research project in collaboration between Professor Sungchul Ji of Rutgers University, Dr. Ryan Stables of Birmingham University and the CymaScope lab.

Professor Josephson said, “Water exhibits remarkable structural and dynamic properties, including the ‘biological signal’ revealed by the investigations of Beneviste and Montagnier and the complex acoustically-induced structures in water revealed by the CymaScope.

Organised dynamical behaviour is more the province of biology than of physics and will require different tools of investigation than are standard in physics. The CymaScope may be one such tool. It is not just a new scientific instrument but new science as well and I suspect a new field of maths.”

John Stuart Reid said, “We are honoured that Professor Josephson discussed the CymaScope in his lecture at the New Horizons in Water Science conference. We believe that the CymaScope instrument has the potential to open new horizons in physics, biology, homeopathy, musicology, phonology and many other areas of scientific study. ” Professor Josephson’s lecture can be viewed at this link and includes a clip from Dr. Gary Buchanan’s Beethoven/Moonlight Sonata video.

Brian Josephson

Professor Brian Josephson

Digital CymaScope showing visualization of a cancer cell sonic signature

December 1st 2017

Testing a Pythagorean 2,500-year old hypotheses: Music can be used in the place of of Medicine* — Promising Initial Results

The series of experiments designed to test the effects of music on human blood have begun, with promising initial results. Professor Sungchul Ji of Rutgers University and John Stuart Reid, director of research at the laboratory, conducted the experiments.

After setting up and commissioning the various items of equipment, the first stage of the project involved creating a protocol in which the red blood cell death rate of human blood was monitored, using an automatic cell counter. We experimented with several approaches, including adding dilute ethanol to the blood to artificially accelerate the red blood cell death rate; in other experiments we added blood to a prepared buffer solution at a range of dilutions. In all, we spent four days developing the protocol by which all future experiments will be conducted.

The first experiment exposed blood to classical music at a level of 80 dBA in an incubator for 20 minutes, while a control vial of blood was exposed to a quiet environment, 35 dBA, in an incubator located in the lab’s Faraday Cage, for the same time period. The results were significantly positive in favor of music, that is, the red blood cell count for the sample exposed to music was significantly higher than for the count for the quiet sample. Many more experiments will need to be conducted and the results graphed, to show the extent to which the red blood cell life span is influenced by music. We also plan on exposing the control sample, located in the Faraday Cage, to white noise at the same sound level as the music, that is, 80 dBA to eliminate the possibility that it is the infrared component of the sound/music that is causing the improvement in red blood cell lifespan.

There were two initial music selections, Clair de Lune, played by gifted concert pianist, Daniel Levy, and The Great Pyramid, part of Stuart Mitchell’s sublime Seven Wonders album. The Clair de Lune choice was made because it is a piano piece that uses a large portion of the piano’s range. The Great Pyramid choice was made because it is an orchestral piece offering a wide diversity of instruments, including a gong, which is often associated with sound therapy. An additional reason for The Great Pyramid selection was because John Stuart Reid experienced a profound healing of his lower back during acoustics experiments in the Great Pyramid in 1997, which inspired him to begin investigating the sono- biological mechanisms that trigger the body’s healing response.

In further experiments we plan to expose blood to pop music, heavy rock music, the harp and to a range of pure frequencies, including 7.83 Hz (Schumann Cavity Resonance), 7.97 Hz (the Mereon frequency), 111 Hz (associated with the resonant properties of Neolithic burial sites), 432 Hz (believed by many musicians to be a natural tuning frequency), 440 Hz (the internationally favored concert pitch), and 528 Hz (associated with DNA repair).

We wish to take this opportunity to express our grateful thanks to all our backers, without whom these initial experiments and our planned further experiments would not have been conducted.

*Pythagoras’ biographer, Iamblichus

Professor Ji

Professor Ji preparing a buffer solution with which to dilute blood

Music Incubator

The lab’s music incubator. The dark vial on the left is the blood sample, the speaker is on the right

The quiet incubator

The “quiet” incubator situated in the lab’s Faraday Cage

Eve cell counter

The Eve automatic cell counter

November 1st 2017

The CymaScope instrument is featured in a new scientific study

Dr. Rupert Sheldrake and Dr. Merlin Sheldrake carried out a rigorous investigation into Faraday Waves— the scientific term for Cymatic—using the CymaScope instrument. Published in the Water Journal, October 2017 edition, their paper is titled, Determinants of Faraday Wave-Patterns in Water Samples Oscillated Vertically at a Range of Frequencies from 50-200 Hz. Their landmark paper extends the study of Faraday Waves far beyond other papers on this subject, using novel techniques that permitted precise control of the acoustic energy entering the CymaScope’s visualising cell and encompassing a broad spectrum of pure frequencies.

This paper is rigorous in its approach and provides a solid foundation upon which many CymaScope- related research projects can be built. We consider it to be seminal, and recommend it to anyone with an interest in the relationship between sound and form. Michael Faraday began a series of beautiful experiments on acoustic figures in 1831 with the goal of gaining insights into the nature of vibration. He wrote, "I am inclined to compare the diffusion of magnetic forces from a magnetic pole, to the vibrations upon the surface of disturbed water, or those of air in the phenomena of sound; that is, I am inclined to think the vibratory theory will apply to these phenomena as it does to sound and most probably to light."

Faraday experimented with sand and water on a glass plate, exploring harmonics, and wrote, "On putting a candle exactly below this plate and holding a screen of tracing paper an inch above it, the picture given was beautiful. Each heap [of sand] gave a star…of light at its focus which twinkled…this was exceedingly beautiful and easily rendered visible to a large audience."

There can be no doubt that Michael Faraday, after whom Faraday Waves are named, would have been pleased see that the experiments he began in 1831 are being continued almost 200 years in the future, and that “crispations”, as he named this class of phenomena, are beginning to be applied to many different branches of science.

Dr. Ralph Abraham, professor of mathematics at the University of California Santa Cruz, who is mentioned in the paper, considered vertically oscillated water as an analogue computer for dynamic catastrophes, just as the CymaScope instrument can be considered a form of analogue computer that can be applied to explore many different forms of vibrational phenomena.

The Sheldrake paper can be found in PDF form at this link:

The paper can also be found at Dr. Rupert Sheldrake’s web site, at this link:

Temperature Experiment

Figure 9 from the Sheldrake paper, revealing that temperature of the water in the CymaScope’s visualising cell did not alter the overall morphology of the pattern and had a negligible effect on the degree to which patterns were expressed. Patterns formed at six temperatures (5oC, 10oC, 15oC, 20oC, 25oC, and 30oC) are shown for each of the three sample frequencies. (Reproduced with permission of the authors.)

August 24th 2017

‘Biocymatics’ experiment may hold the key to understanding the origins of life

In February 2107 we reported on the development of the Digital CymaScope, a new type of scientific instrument that makes sound visible. In the instrument, sound’s vibrations are imprinted onto the surface and sub surface of water, creating vibrational patterns that are captured by a high specification 'Blackmagic’ digital camera. The camera imagery can then be analysed by powerful software tools, generating valuable data. Since all the cells in our body generate oscillations and sounds, the implications for this new investigative tool in medical science are profound. In August 2017, Dr Sungchul Ji from Rutgers University in Piscataway, N.J., visited the CymaScope laboratory to carry out a series of ground-breaking experiments in which yeast cells suspended in water were introduced into the CymaScope for the first time. Dr Ji, said, “Some years ago I developed an aquaresonance hypothesis (ARH), which has testable features in cell biology, neuroscience, and medicine. For example, ARH suggests what may be called the 'aquaresonance model of the origin of life', which embraces the genesis of self-replicating RNA’s and DNA’s and to the evolution of proto-living cells. Water plays a dual role in cell linguistic communication, both as the medium and the message, just as marble can serve as the medium of artistic expression as well as the product of such expression, that is, a sculpture conveying a message. I was interested to see if the CymaScope could test aspects of my hypothesis. The results of our yeast experiments were more than I had dared hope for. Our simple series of experiments could lead to the emergence of a new science that we might call ‘biocymatics’, the study of the biological properties of living cells by examining their effects on the sound-induced water-wave patterns."

John Stuart Reid, research director of the CymaScope laboratory, takes up the story. “When the 1% yeast-water mixture was injected into the instrument’s quartz cell, along with an equal volume of 1% aqueous solution of glucose, the result was a frenzy of activity for a few seconds, as though the yeast was ‘hungry’ for the glucose and acted in a dynamic way, just as people sometimes do when given food after a prolonged fast. But after a few seconds this frenzy was replaced by a beautiful asymmetric pattern. In discussions with Dr Ji we concluded that the addition of glucose induces certain physical and chemical changes in the yeast cells which affect water molecule clustering. If this proves to be true it may mean that we have a new tool for investigating the properties of living cells by observing their effects on water. After the initial feeding frenzy the yeast cells appear to change their properties more slowly as a result of metabolism. These slower changes cause sudden transitions in the observed water-wave patterns over a period of several minutes. It was very exciting to see events occurring that have probably never been seen before and that hold potential for the advancement of biology and water science.”

Dr Ji

Dr Sungchul Ji, of Ryerson University, preparing yeast samples in the CymaScope laboratory

Dr Ji and JOhn Stuart Ried

Dr Sungchul Ji and John Stuart Reid with the CymaScope and the Blackmagic camera

4th July 2017

The CymaScope is awarded Most Advanced Acoustic Imaging Device by Acquisitions International Magazine has a history stretching back to 1969, the year when man first walked on the moon. And while Neil Armstrong was taking his giant leap for mankind John Stuart Reid, who had studied pure electronics at University, was founding his small acoustics business. Across a span of almost 50-years his company has pioneered many innovations. A significant turning point came in 1997, 20- years ago, when Reid carried out a series of acoustics tests in Egypt’s Great Pyramid.

One of the experiments was designed to identify the resonances in the sarcophagus, by stretching a PVC membrane across its top and sprinkling on some sand--the first cymatics experiment to be conducted in the pyramid. A speaker excited the sarcophagus with a series of pure sounds. Reid explained, “As I bent low over the membrane, watching the sand grains move, they suddenly took up the form of a shape that strongly resembled an ancient Egyptian hieroglyph. At this point the antiquities inspector became very excited and we proceeded to take photographs and change the frequency of the tone. With each new sound a new hieroglyphic-like form emerged. In effect each “hieroglyph” in the sand represented a sound made visible. I knew then, within this simple technology, lay the essence of a new type of scientific instrument.”

Following the events of 1997 his company, Sonic Age Ltd, began researching methods of making sound visible and in 2005 the first prototype CymaScope was borne, along with the web site. The latest model, the CymaScope Pro, has the widest bandwidth and sensitivity to date and has attracted the attention of scientists worldwide. Early in 2017 his company was presented with an award by Acquisitions International Magazine for best acoustics research company and most advanced acoustic imaging device. Reid commented, “We were thrilled to receive the award from Acquisition International Magazine. I think it is fair to say that all individuals and organisations who dedicate themselves to their passion and to excellence, deserve recognition for their efforts and a full measure of acknowledgement of the difference that their work has made. We will continue refining the CymaScope instrument and in the words of Sir Humphry Davy: Nothing tends so much to the advancement of knowledge as the application of a new instrument".

John Reid Award

John Stuart Reid awarded Most Advanced Acoustic Imaging Device by Acquisitions International Magazine

May 13th 2017

Irish artist creates TRANSMISSION installation, using CymaScope imagery

Irish artist, Helen Mac Mahon, created an intriguing installation in Dublin’s MART Gallery, incorporating CymaScope imagery in a unique and memorable way.

Helen's primary interests are in exploring light and perception through her immersive installations, which frequently draw on the laws of physics. Many of her pieces focus on what she refers to as the ‘ecosystem’ that exists between ourselves, light, and the chosen materials. Helen commented, "Light and sound are two invisible energies that are key to our perception of the world. To re-examine them I wanted to show sound as a dynamic energy whose invisible vibrations impact on physical objects. Having watched the CymaScope video of piano notes made visible I knew that the imagery was ideal to express the concept behind the work: To capture the ebb and flow of the piano’s sound vibrations while their visual beauty was projected on an apparently simple block work wall, creating a juxtaposition of simplicity merged with the complexity of the CymaScope imagery. Although concrete is usually an impenetrable material, from the other side of the wall it was possible to view the ebb and flow of energy as the light from the CymaScope projection passed through the wall via optic fibres embedded in the blocks. Hence the name of the exhibition, TRANSMISSION, the optical fibres creating scintillating glimpses of the movement of the visual piano notes. The role of telecommunications and the transmission of information was an important element of the work. The wall could transmit light and visual information, such as the shadowy outlines of viewers passing through the beam of the projector – the viewer then actually becoming part of the artwork. "The seven visual piano notes selected for the Cymascope imaging were the seven musical notes Isaac Newton assigned to the seven colours of the light spectrum.

The resulting work re- presenting both light and sound, making it possible for visitors to not only hear the piano notes as sound but also to effectively “hear" the colour spectrum being played and “see” the sound in the medium of light and movement, creating the most beautiful and mesmeric mandala-like forms. Visitors were entranced and delighted by it.” Artist, Sofie Loscher, shares Helen Mac Mahon’s interests in light and perception and exhibited her own work in the MART Gallery as part of the two-exhibit TRANSMISSION show.

John Stuart Reid commented, “Helen Mac Mahon’s use of CymaScope imagery was unique and captivating for visitors and we were delighted to support her artistic initiative with our piano notes made visible. This is the first time that the visual beauty of piano notes has been showcased in such a visually rich and imaginative way".

TRANSMISSION ran from 6th of April to 5th of May

For more information on Helen Mac Mahon’s work visit:

Helen Mac

Visitors attending Helen Mac Mahon's TRANSMISSION installation. Image credit: Seamus Travers Photography

Helen Cymatics

Helen Mac Mahon with her TRANSMISSION installation. Image credit: Hyegeun Woo

April 8th 2017

The CymaScope Laboratory is visited by representatives
of The Worldwide Indigenous Science Network

Multimedia artist, Kate Genevieve, and sound engineer, Matthew Tucker visited the CymaScope laboratory to learn how to make visible the songs of Humpback Whales and human chant in support of The Worldwide Indigenous Science Network (W.I.S.N.) In recent years CymaScope technology has advanced to the point where human vocalisations and the sounds of creatures can be made visible. During their two days in our laboratory Ms Genevieve and Mr Tucker were shown advanced techniques and taught the principles that underpin the transposition of sonic periodicities to water wavelet periodicities, rendering sounds visible. Mr Tucker, who has wide experience across a broad range of sound-related applications including sound design for films, studio recording techniques and live sound stage work, commented: ''Having spent the last 8 years confirming every day what I had studied in university in many different disciplines as an audio engineer, I was in for a rude awakening. John Stuart Reid, within moments, both unified many questions I had about the structure of sound and tore apart my understanding of audio with one sentence.

I can now visually see how sound reacts and affects us. I grew a deeper understanding about the power of sound, the interconnectedness of life and the beauty of the world we live in. The training created a profound transformation in how I will work with sound in future. Now we can visually see the bonds that hold our world together;everything has a voice, everything has a sound, everything vibrates, everything communicates, and for the first time we have a way to make sound visible. The frequencies of our brain, the harmonies in our voice, the surface of our cells, even down to the atomic structure of our being are not hidden anymore. Like the microscope and the telescope we have a new and beautiful way to understand this planet. We have arrived at the dawn of a new era.'' Ms Genevieve, whose recent projects include the Brighton Dome, London's Science Museum, Brighton Digital Festival and Oxford's Light Night is interested in the power that creative technologies and open source culture have for transforming how we sense, communicate and receive information about the earth.

She said, ''It was interesting to see the CymaGlyphs mutate in reaction to my live singing, creating a feedback relationship with my vocal sounds while watching the imagery unfold on screen. There was a really satisfying interactivity in seeing the circle of water open up into complex iris patterns in response to particular pitch and modulation. This ability of the CymaScope to translate sound into visual language has unusual potentials for communicating the work that WISN does in recording voice and the many interviews with elders from diverse communities, from the San Bushman to the Snow Leopard elders in Kazakstan. The CymaScope not only has the ability to give us a new perspective on what we hear, it communicates patterns and complexities within subtle resonances and the quality of tone. This was especially impressive as we worked with recorded whale song: the imagery the generated by the CymaScope was surprising - full of winding vortices and unexpected geometric structures, communicating the haunting beauty of the ephemeral song in an entirely different and beautiful way. The WISN network will develop their CymaScope work with these potentials as part of their work with whales and their long running mission of bringing traditional wisdom and contemporary scientific understanding together towards a remembering, respecting and renewing of Indigenous Mind.'' John Stuart Reid who led the 2-day course, said, ''Kate and Matthew were avid students and in teaching them I was inspired by their feedback and ideas they contributed, which will almost certainly lead to future collaborations.

The Worldwide Indigenous Science Network are a non-profit organisation that bridges the gap between Western and indigenous sciences and the CymaScope team are firmly committed to support their ethos and projects in any way we can.

Our video of whale song made visible is our contribution to their initiative to support the plight of the humpback whale worldwide.'' For more information on the Worldwide Indigenous Science Network visit:


Feb 25th 2017

Cymatics has just taken a giant leap into the future, with profound implications for medical science

The CymaScope is a new type of analog scientific instrument that makes sound visible, allowing scientists to see sound's vibrations. Within the instrument the surface of pure water offers a kind of super-sensitive membrane and by imprinting sounds onto the liquid surface, unique patterns of sound energy are created for every unique sound. Just as the invention of the microscope and telescope revealed aspects of the world and Universe that we didn't even know existed, the CymaScope allows the once hidden realm of sound to become visible. And since everything in the Universe is in a state of vibration a tool that shows the structures within sound and vibration can provide important new scientific insights.

But now, American scientist, Dr. Sungchul Ji, has developed a novel method to digitize the CymaScope, permitting the sound patterns to be analyzed with digital tools, effectively creating the world's first Digital CymaScope. Dr. Ji explained, ''I first encountered the CymaScope in November 2016 when its developer, John Stuart Reid, gave a lecture at the 11th Water Conference in Sofia, Bulgaria. I found his lecture on the Holographic Properties of Water to be inspirational, highlighting the potential for the CymaScope instrument. So much so that upon my return to the USA I began to investigate how I could digitize this important new scientific tool, which would allow me and other scientists to analyze CymaGlyphs (the name given to sound patterns) quantitatively. I contacted John Stuart Reid and made suggestions as to how this might be possible.

Astonishingly, within the space of only a few weeks, facilitated by the timely financial support provided by GreenMedInfo, Bonita Spring, FL, USA we were able to develop a digital method that allows any CymaGlyph to be analyzed numerically.'' John Stuart Reid takes up the story, "Dr. Ji's method, like all good ideas is simple in its concept, requiring a camera that captures the CymaScope imagery and outputs RAW video frames that can then be analysed by a combination of powerful software tools. We chose the Blackmagic Production Camera, which offers superb resolution and stability. The visible sound imagery we are now working with provides a level of detail we had only previously dreamed of. It is poetic to think that Dr. Ji is researching Blackbody Radiation and that the camera providing the key to the Digital CymaScope is named 'Blackmagic.

My team and I are very excited about the future''. The first project chosen for the Digital CymaScope is to differentiate between healthy cells and diseased cells. All cells create sound as a natural aspect of their metabolism and healthy cells have a different sonic signature to diseased cells. When cell sounds are made visible with the Digital CymaScope distinctive features can be analyzed that could lead to the development of a new diagnostic tool. Dr. Ji recently published a paper in which the Digital CymaScope is cited for the first time. Titled, "Waves as the Symmetry Principle Underlying Cosmic, Cell, and Human Languages'', part of its abstract predicts that gravitational waves will one day be visualized with the Digital CymaScope. If this prediction proves to be valid, a new era of quantitative gravitational cosmology may emerge in the future in which the Digital CymaScope may play an essential role. Dr. Sungchul's paper was published on 20th February 2017 by MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute), an academic open-access publisher with headquarters in Basel, Switzerland.

John Stuart Reid?s lecture on the Holographic Properties of water, which inspired Dr. Ji, can be viewed at:

Dr. Sungchul

Dr. Sungchul and John Stuart Reid

Feb 12th 2017

Caduceus Magazine chooses a CymaGlyph for cover feature

Caduceus Magazine chose to illustrate their issue 95 cover with a beautiful CymaGlyph of a therapeutic sound code emitted by the Cyma Technologies Inc AMI 750 sound therapy device. The cover features an erudite article by Dr Robert Gilbert, titled Cymatics and Cymatherapy. Dr Gilbert is director of the Vesica Institute in the USA and his article provides a comprehensive overview of sound therapy, which is based on cymatic principles developed by the late Dr Peter Guy Manners.

John Stuart Reid met Dr Manners at his UK clinic in 1999, ten years before his death in 2009. During the interview Dr Manners mentioned his plans to pass his sound therapy work on to a USA-based company, so that it would not be lost. The company who gained the benefit of Dr Manner's work is Cyma Technologies Inc, headed by Mandara Cromwell. Their AMI 750 sound therapy device stimulates the body's systems via the feet accessing the same meridians used by Reflexology adepts for thousands of years.

John Stuart Reid said, "Dr Gilbert's article will help disseminate important knowledge regarding sound therapy to many people. Mandara Cromwell's company aim to bring sound therapy into the mainstream and the CymaScope instrument is helping to achieve that goal by allowing us to see and study the sound codes produced by the AMI 750. A new article that provides insights into the mechanisms that underpin sound therapy has recently been completed by us and will be available as a free download in the near future. Anyone wishing to help disseminate the article should contact me.


December 10th 2016

Moss--the dog who loves to sing--imaged on CymaScope

The CymaScope is a new type of analog scientific instrument that makes sound visible, allowing scientists to see sound's vibrations. Within the instrument the surface of pure water offers a kind of super-sensitive membrane and by imprinting sounds onto the liquid surface, unique patterns of sound energy are created for every unique sound. Just as the invention of the microscope and telescope revealed aspects of the world and Universe that we didn't even know existed, the CymaScope allows the once hidden realm of sound to become visible. And since everything in the Universe is in a state of vibration a tool that shows the structures within sound and vibration can provide important new scientific insights.

But now, American scientist, Dr. Sungchul Ji, has developed a novel method to digitize the CymaScope, permitting the sound patterns to be analyzed with digital tools, effectively creating the world's first Digital CymaScope. Dr. Ji explained, ''I first encountered the CymaScope in November 2016 when its developer, John Stuart Reid, gave a lecture at the 11th Water Conference in Sofia, Bulgaria. I found his lecture on the Holographic Properties of Water to be inspirational, highlighting the potential for the CymaScope instrument. So much so that upon my return to the USA I began to investigate how I could digitize this important new scientific tool, which would allow me and other scientists to analyze CymaGlyphs (the name given to sound patterns) quantitatively. I contacted John Stuart Reid and made suggestions as to how this might be possible.

Astonishingly, within the space of only a few weeks, facilitated by the timely financial support provided by GreenMedInfo, Bonita Spring, FL, USA we were able to develop a digital method that allows any CymaGlyph to be analyzed numerically.'' John Stuart Reid takes up the story, "Dr. Ji's method, like all good ideas is simple in its concept, requiring a camera that captures the CymaScope imagery and outputs RAW video frames that can then be analysed by a combination of powerful software tools. We chose the Blackmagic Production Camera, which offers superb resolution and stability. The visible sound imagery we are now working with provides a level of detail we had only previously dreamed of. It is poetic to think that Dr. Ji is researching Blackbody Radiation and that the camera providing the key to the Digital CymaScope is named 'Blackmagic.

My team and I are very excited about the future''. The first project chosen for the Digital CymaScope is to differentiate between healthy cells and diseased cells. All cells create sound as a natural aspect of their metabolism and healthy cells have a different sonic signature to diseased cells. When cell sounds are made visible with the Digital CymaScope distinctive features can be analyzed that could lead to the development of a new diagnostic tool. Dr. Ji recently published a paper in which the Digital CymaScope is cited for the first time. Titled, "Waves as the Symmetry Principle Underlying Cosmic, Cell, and Human Languages'', part of its abstract predicts that gravitational waves will one day be visualized with the Digital CymaScope. If this prediction proves to be valid, a new era of quantitative gravitational cosmology may emerge in the future in which the Digital CymaScope may play an essential role. Dr. Sungchul's paper was published on 20th February 2017 by MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute), an academic open-access publisher with headquarters in Basel, Switzerland.

John Stuart Reid?s lecture on the Holographic Properties of water, which inspired Dr. Ji, can be viewed at:

Cymatics History

Moss - The Dog who loves to sing..

November 28th 2016

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 instrument.

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 my design."

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, Virginia Tech

Meaghan Dee

Artist - Meaghan Dee


Septmber 1st 2016

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

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 moment?.

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: The barred owl's call can be viewed in CymaScope video mode in our ornithology section


Interdisciplinary artist,Virginia Kistler

Cymatic-like sculpture commissioned for the Dayton (Ohio) Metropolitan 

Cymatic-like sculpture commissioned for the Dayton (Ohio) Metropolitan Library

Owl Cymatics

Barred Owl (photo courtesy of MDF, Wikimedia Commons)

August 2nd 2016

CymaScope Landmark Paper: Dolphin Echolocation Discovery

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 CymaScope instrument.

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, 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 dolphin's sonic imaging ability.

A free download of the paper can be obtained from our Articles section:

June 12th 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 sophisticated CymaPlate''.
Each kit is supplied with detailed instructions describing how to make beautiful cymatic patterns and capture them forever as works of art.Also 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 Mathematics (STEAM)


Sarah Best (right) Geeta Taylor (left) with John Stuart Reid 2 at Sci-Art-Met

April 4th 2016

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 insights 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 a 2013 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 which her 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 recent abstract art is inspired by sound and vibration.

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 me now. ' 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 manytopics connected with sound and vibration and can be heard via her Podcast site:

Examples of Natalie Gray's art work can be seen on her website:

The CymaScope Voice Mandala service can be found here:

Vibrations of Sunset by Natalie Gray, acrylic on canvas, 2012

Vibrations of Sunset by Natalie Gray, 24" x 36", acrylic on canvas, 2012

Natalie Gray

Natalie Gray and her one-third-scale reproduction of the Sistine Chapel Ceiling

Natalie Grey and John Reid

Natalie Grey and John Reid

December 9th 2015

First 'What-the-dolphin-saw' Image of a Submerged Man: Cymatic-Holographic Imaging Technique in collaboration with 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, 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 channel:

What the dolphin saw

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. Future improvements in the Cymatic-Holographic imaging technique will bring us ever closer to what-the-dolphin-sees

August 4th 2015

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'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

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 CymaScope

October 26th 2015

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. Atchity said," Because 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 sound.''

Dr Atchity

Dr Kenneth John Atchity in the CymaScope laboratory

Cymatic-like sculpture commissioned for the Dayton (Ohio) Metropolitan 

Dr. Fuddle and the Gold Baton--by Warren L. Woodruff

September 10th 2015

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: Kyle Thomas can be found on Instragram @Kyle_Cre8s

Cymascope Art Therapy

From right to left: Artist, Kyle Thomas with students, Jack Knudson and Evan Luzader. The dog is Machi (In service to Jack)

Septmber 1st 2015

The CymaScope is featured in Adam B Dorfman's Conceptual Revolutions in Science

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''Twin 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 industries.''

Conceptual Revolutions in Science can be obtained from Amazon:

Adam B. Dorfman's web site can be found at:

Cymatics History

Interdisciplinary artist,Virginia Kistler

Cymatic-like sculpture commissioned for the Dayton (Ohio) Metropolitan 

Adam B. Dorfman

July 18th 2015

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 Stuart Reid.
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. '' During 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 science.''

Rupert Sheldrake

Dr. Rupert Sheldrake and John Stuart Reid

June 7th 2015

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 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 pedestals?. 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.''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, 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 future.''

March 31st 2015

Pictures From an Unseen World: 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. John 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."

Window Gallery


November 1st 2014

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

Dr Lila Pine and DiNova with John Stuart Reid in the CymaScope laboratory

September 12th 2014

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 compositing software. The project took around 4 months to complete. John 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 holographic sound.''

The video, titled 'Holographic Music,' can be viewed on YouTube, here:

John McGowan's web pages can be found here:

The original MMV track prepared by John Stuart Reid and James Stuart Reid can be viewed on the CymaScope YouTube channel, here:


The video, titled 'Holographic Music,' can be viewed on YouTube, here:

July 24th 2014

Acoustics Consultant, Andrew Munro, visits the CymaScope laboratory

Andrew Munro, 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. The discussion 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 effects.

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 exciting research.''

Andy Munro and John Stuart Reid

Andy Munro and John Reid in the lab.

May 21st 2014

CymaScope imagery chosen for major ecological hotel project

The CymaScope team was approached by, designers of the Amma Center in Mexico, a ground-breaking project that will house hotel guests in ecologically designed pods.

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 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. More information can be found at:



March 18th 2014

Karmin 'Pulses' pop video features the CymaScope

Karmin 'Pulses' pop video features the CymaScope

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.There may also be benefits for profoundly deaf people since complex music can now be transcribed to a visual analog.

The video can be viewed on YouTube here:


Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan

January 14th 2014

The world's 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 instrument.

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 snail's sounds made visible can be seen in our 'Videos' section:

Meaghan Dee

Mesadon zaletus snail A video of the snail's sounds made visible can be seen in our 'Videos' section:

Video Gallery

December 11th 2013

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 health. 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. The trailer for the movie can be viewed here:

Grounded Movie

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 the
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 'musical first.' 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

Halo Drum, C3 note, still moment from the CymaScope video

August 22nd

CymaScopic discoveries at the Mereon Conference

CymaScopic discoveries at the Mereon Conference

The 2013 Mereon Conference took place in August at the UK laboratory of, 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, commented: 'The astonishment 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 indeed, 3D.'
The Mereon team is currently writing a paper to present this important evidence.


John Stuart Reid and The Mereon team

Cymatic-like sculpture commissioned for the Dayton (Ohio) Metropolitan 

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 musical note. 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 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 Rosslyn Motet
The Rosslyn Motet music is available for download here:

The Rosslyn Motet - mp3 Download

Rosslyn Cubes

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

Rosslyn Cymatics

John Stuart Reid examines a scale model of a Rosslyn Cube, carved in sand stone, courtesy of Rosslyn Chapel. The cuboids are surprisingly small!

May 1st 2013

Cymatics at the San Francisco Exploratorium

When the team at 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."


Cymatic-like sculpture commissioned for the Dayton (Ohio) Metropolitan 

March 3rd 2013

Cymatics comes of age as an emergent science: The Mereon Matrix

In recent years, our research at 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 mainstream science.

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:

Mereon Matrix

January 2013

Voice Mandala Image displayed at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK.

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.

Cymatics History

November 28th 2012

CymaScope chosen for major motion picture documentary

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.
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 our 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.

Grounded Movie

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 laboratory. The star sounds were processed by three Universities and the completed sound files were then fed into a CymaScope, rendering the sounds visible.

The full story is in our Astrophysics section:


June 2nd 2012

Discovery News Highlights the CymaScope

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."

The full Discovery News story can be read here:

November 2nd 2011

We Are Not Alone--The Discovery of Dolphin Language

Jack Kassewitz of and John Stuart Reid of 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:

Jack Kassewitz

Jack Kassewitz

July 15th 2011

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 concept wonderfully.

Click the graphic for a full size version.

You can see the video versions of these piano notes in our musicology section.

June 24th 2011

Royal "Harmonic 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. Please visit:

April 9th 2011

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:

January 18th 2011

Artist chooses CymaScope to help crystalize a dream from teenage years

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, and sound.

To read the full story click here


Ray Pierotti

10th December 2010

Veritas Magazine 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." Download the article free: Visit the Veritas web site here:

10th December   2010

Israeli construction company BST choose CymaScope for promotional ad campaign

The Israeli development & construction company,BST, have chosen to use series of CymaGlyphsto support their latest promotional campaign.
"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. The BST Group web site can be found at:

BST Group

10th October 2010

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 demonstrations,
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 dolphin sounds
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.


September 2nd 2010

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.

To read the full story click here

Shannon Novak

Shannon Novak

June 21st, 2010

Important step 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.

To read the full story click the link:

May 9th, 2010

The Song of the Stars Made Visible

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.

The sound file was generated by Zoltan Kollath.

Click on the star to watch the short video. Astrophysics


April 11th, 2010

'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.

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.