Monday, December 7, 2009

Cymatics (or, thank you Zach and Jacob)

The study of Cymatics seeks to show us that there is more to sound than meets the ear. Sound-waves move and pulse and swirl and cause their surroundings to do likewise. By focusing the vibrations of sound on something like water or sand, you can actually see the sound move through the material, eventually taking a shape.
You change the sound, or frequency, and you change the shape.

I watched this:

..and in the last 45 seconds, I started thinking about Creation.

So sound has the ability to shape things, and to take shape, right? So every shape we know of, the circle, the star, the snowflake, has a cymatic twin - it's auditory other.

Imagine an alternate universe that looks like ours, but everything you see is actually just balls of sound arranged into representations of the physical world that we know. We have the physical ability to create a shape through a sound. We can, in essence, sing or play a cube, a sphere, a starfish, into existence..

This sounds like Creation to me.

So when God says let there be "Light", what does his voice look like?
And when he says, "Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear", is He speaking the very shape of Sea and Land? Does his voice sound like dry land appearing and waters gathering? What if the thunder of creation is an ever-changing symphony of creative sound, pulsing through the formless and void, leaving trees and and seas and snowflakes and starfish in its footsteps?

Who knew Genesis 1 could be for Scientists... All this time I've been thinking it was for Artists and Botanists.


  1. that ted video was a dream. I CANT WAIT FOR US TO UNLOCK THE SECRET OF DOLPHIN LANGUAGE. I may just be complete when that day arrives.
    If nature is a manifestation of God's voice, than he must have a really high, squealy voice. (the higher the frequency of the sound, the more intricate the design.) HA. something to ponder. :)

  2. But think about if He made lots of things at once..maybe the harmonies would actually work somehow..haha.

  3. true true true, tymad... he probably can utilize his own voice so that it spews outs harmonies. i mean probably since he's god and stuff.

    good thinking.

  4. there was a video a while ago...Couldn't find it...but basically they discovered that sound waves could also create light itself. I think this idea that God literally spoke life into existence is so awesome! Thanks for sharing.

    P.S. I watch TED videos all the time hahah love em.

  5. Hi Peter

    the technology you spoke about is called bubble fusion. The whole story gets a bit flakey after the initial discovery. I've already made my mind up about vibration.
    I've heard Kabbalah speaks of magical frequencies too.
    The old musical scales used to contain off frequencies, in other words they weren't equally spaced like they are now.