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Cymatics: Visualizing Sound

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Cymatics: Visualizing Sound

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Visualization • “The action or fact of visualizing, the power or

process of forming a mental picture or vision of something not actually present to the sight“ (OED)

Information Visualization:• "Visualization provides an interface between two

powerful information processing systems—human mind and the modern computer. Visualization is the process of transforming data, information, and knowledge into visual form making use of human's natural visual capabilities. With effective visual interfaces we can interact with large volumes of data rapidly and effectively to discover hidden characteristics, patterns, and trends.”

Information Visualization

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Field of inquiry – The study of modal phenomena

Greek: κῦμα (something swollen, or a wave)


• “The structure and dynamics of waves and vibrations.“

• “The process of visualizing sound by vibrating a medium.”

Scientific Origins:

• Traced to da Vinci, Galileo Galilei: Observations of resonance

• Robert Hooke: Sonic vibrations

• Ernst Chladni: “'the father of acoustics,” and “Chladni figures”

• Hans Jenny: “father of cymatics” .

• John Stuart Reid: acoustics engineer and creator of CymaScope

What is “Cymatics”

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CymaScope & Oceanography

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CymaScope & Musicology

12 Piano Notes Made Visible

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Depending on the song rhythm - pattern obtained different images. The screenshots show us 3 visuals of the song each 10 seconds and gives the possibility to see and compare changes in dynamics.

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Dream BIG!!“Think about the universe forming and theimmense sound of the universe forming, and if weponder on that, than perhaps Cymatics had aninfluence on the formation of the Universe itself.”

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