Patterns generated by the CymaScope instrument often receive praise for
their beauty, but beyond their obvious symmetrical perfection what do they
mean? Do they convey information? Contemplating these and related questions
is the purpose of this section in which we begin to investigate cymascopic
images for what they can teach us.
The building blocks of matter, whether gas, liquid, solid or
plasma, consist of vibrating atoms and / or molecules. Mother Nature does
not assemble her building blocks randomly or chaotically; harmony exists at
all levels, even extending to the orbital motions within the atoms and
molecules themselves. To help understand this principle, imagine
freeze-framing the motion within a single atom. Where orbital paths cross,
vertices become evident and when these points are connected by straight
lines, Euclidean geometry becomes apparent: virtual geometric structures
interacting with space. The twin graphic on the right hand side of this page
demonstrate this principle1 , showing the arcing dynamics, generated by spin
and rotation. Therefore, in a very real sense, matter is geometry in motion.
Just as the microscope and telescope brought unseen vistas into view, the
CymaScope reveals the once hidden realm of sound, providing a window into
the heart of sonic vibrations. It does so by transcribing the periodicities
in a given sound to periodic wavelets on the surface and sub-surface of
water. The structures created by sound's imprint on water are quasi-3D in
nature and may be considered analogs of the vibrational data within the
sound. In a sense the images represent a slice through the spherical
propagation of that particular sound. Since the CymaScope uses water of a
few millimetres depth, straight line measurements within the imagery
approximate the gentle arcs in the dynamics, revealing ratios that can be
used to create 3D geometric models.
It is important to note that, in general, single frequency sounds create
simple imagery and complex harmonic sounds, such as music, create complex
imagery. There are some exceptions to this general rule, the Mereon Prime
Frequency pattern being an important example in which a single sinusoidal
frequency exhibits complex imagery, for reasons still being explored. More
about Mereon can be read in the Mereon section of this web site.
In the geometry gallery a series of CymaScope images are presented in which
sound has given rise to a sequence of periodic structures. Examine the
images closely and their quasi-3D nature will be evident. The images in the
far left column of the gallery are un-retouched CymaGlyphs -- the name given to
a sound image -- while in the columns to the right we've delineated a
particular mathematical ratio within each image. As this section develops
you will see a coherent relationship between the sound of a star, a single
cell, a human heart beat and the harmonious sounds from a musical
instrument. Many contain identical ratios and demonstrate that the laws of
Nature are just as much at work in the heart of a star as within a single
cell, a human heart or within heart-felt music. Dr. Stuart Hameroff,
physician and professor of consciousness at the University of Arizona, USA,
elegantly states something we find relevant. ''Knowing there's this
interconnectedness of the universe, that we are all interconnected and that
we are connected to the universe at its fundamental level, I think is as
good an explanation for spirituality as there is.''
Click on any image in the gallery to enlarge it.
The analysis of other sounds is ongoing and we invite you to revisit this
section regularly for updates.
Note1: The graphic images on the right hand side were
produced by Robert W. Gray, one of the Mereon team's principle
While not yet a rigorous scientific analysis, in our journey of exploration
into the mathematical ratios embedded within CymaGlyphs we are collaborating
with two geometers who use different methods.
US-based musician Clay Taylor, a man passionate about geometry, has
conducted the analysis of the images shown in this section. By superimposing
accurate geometric forms over a given CymaGlyph, he references the image's
primary nodal and / or antinodal points. He then uses an intuitive process
to tease out universal ratios, such as those relating to phi and to square
roots, both prevalent in Nature, to musical ratios, which are also reflected
in the atomic realm. In his own words, Taylor considers his collaboration
with CymaScope.com as providing a "holistic analysis of CymaGlyphs,
revealing the fundamental rules and behaviours involved in giving shape to
these portraits of energy.''
Computer-based analysis in development
Daniel Bell of New Zealand, whose background is computational systems
biology, is developing a method that he hopes to use to do a computer
analysis of the CymaGlyphs. He states,''I would like to create a real-time
version of this computational analysis system, which is 'intelligent' enough
to deal with differing CymaGlyphs. I plan on using morphological operators
to identify contrasting regions, followed by contour analysis techniques.''
Although Bell's work is at an early stage our hope is that its development
can be used in our own small laboratory as well as by scientists who in an
intent born of a dream may one day use the CymaScope.
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The orbital paths of atomic
vibrations can be represented by
Euclidian space geometry in which the orbital crossing points
(vertices) can be joined by straight lines to reveal the virtual
geometry that exists at the atomic scale, and even at the
The illustration shows two moments of the Mereon vibration.
The white lines represent the mereonic orbit, the yellow-green
spheres represent the orbital crossing points (vertices) and the
multicoloured geometry within the orbital paths is the resulting
virtual Euclidian space geometry created when the vertices
are joined by straight lines.
Image credit: Robert W. Gray