Cymatics is the process of visualizing sound and vibrations through matter, such as for example sand or water.
In the beginning there was sound.
The reason cymatics exerts such a strong fascination is that we are not conditioned to "see sound". Cymatics is like a magic tool that unveils the true substance of things audible, but conventionally invisible.
With it one can recreate the archetypes of different forms of nature.
So sound does have form and cymatics enables you to comprehend that it not only affects but causes form in matter.
In fact, we think sound had a fundamental influence on the formation of the universe itself. But that is another story.
Primarily, we are fascinated by the simplicity of this subject.
All it takes is sound and a very basic medium such as water to create... well, what could be (and in our view is) the coolest sound visualizer.
How does it work?
Our installation at the Photography Playground in Berlin consists of two different areas.
A self-running installation and a DIY water-sound-image laboratory where people can experiment with their own cymatics.
When people enter the room they initially just see the big screen cymatics projections. However, once they approach the cube with the speaker they suddenly grasp the setup and have this moment of incredulity and utter bewilderment, that a setup as simple as ours can create such astounding visuals. But this part of our installation is actually just an incentive or an ice breaker.
Our actual intention is for the audience to have fun in the laboratory, where they can create and document their own cymatics.
In the DIY laboratory you clamp a Olympus OMD camera on the stand, which you get upon entering the exhibition and you can then film or take photos of the water-sound-images you create by means of sound signals from a synthesizer, by using your own voice (via a microphone) or by just playing your favorite song on your smartphone.
What does it look like if you hum your favorite tune into the microphone? What does Wagners "Twilight of the Gods" look like in cymatics?
The results are images reminiscent of the shape of flowers, the form of a starfish, the patterns of turtleshells, cell division, the golden ratio, the flower of life - all depending on the individual frequency impulse.
In the laboratory you become the creator, the big bang and part of the genesis.