Dr. Hans Jenny was a physician and natural scientist who coined the term Cymatics to describe acoustic effects of sound wave phenomena. Dr Hans Jenny started to experiment with different liquids and solids and continuous vibrating frequencies to test the physics of sound further. He was coined the term ‘˜Cymatics’ containing the Greek word, ‘˜Kyma’ which means ‘˜wave.’ His seminal research was compiled in a book of the same name and contains hundreds of photos showing his results.
Cymatics is the study of visible sound vibration and shows the transformational nature of sound and matter. Sound guides us and shapes us, yet is an intangible force. We can capture sound in the digital realm where we can see waveforms. But, that only gives us a 2D view. The world of Cymatics, however, gives us a different view and provides a major evolution in our understanding of how sound affects all of us. Cymatics gives validity to the fact that everything that we perceive as hard objects, including our bodies, are actually continuously vibrating at their own rates. This study clearly merges the fields of sound, geometry, light and mathematics into one through the presentation of stunning images created by frequencies of all kinds found in our bodies, in nature and beyond.
Dr. Jenny’s work demonstrates positive proof of the amazing power of sound to create form. While the structures and objects created by the sound are not living creatures, many of them certainly look as though they are. One can almost imagine that, with a “Divine” sound coming from a sacred source, in the beginning the “Word” could indeed create life.
As tones reveal themselves as patterns in water or on vibrating plates with sand or another substance, zero points are revealed. These zero points or nodes are places where vibration does not exist and where the materials form the pattern that we can see. It’s fascinating to realize that a tone does not create vibration on the entire surface, but rather forms distinct and beautiful geometric shapes, each with a different pattern like snowflake.