Find out what kind of influence sound plays on the cells and molecular structure in the human body. Cymatics demonstrates it very vividly, see and explore...

Cymatics is the study of visible sound and vibration, a subset of modal phenomena. The generic term for this field of science was retitled Cymatics by Hans Jenny, a Swiss medical doctor and a pioneer in this field. The word Cymatics derives from the Greek ‘kuma’ meaning ‘billow’ or ‘wave,’ to describe the periodic effects that sound and vibration have on matter. The following images were masterfully photographed by Alexander Lauterwasser and show the effects of sound on water (used with permission from MACROmedia, the US publisher of Mr. Alexander Lauterwasser’s book “Water Sound Images” available through MACROmedia)


The study of the patterns produced by vibrating bodies has a venerable history. One of the earliest to record that an oscillating body displayed regular patterns was Galileo Galilei who in 1632 wrote:

As I was scraping a brass plate with a sharp iron chisel in order to remove some spots from it and was running the chisel rather rapidly over it, I once or twice, during many strokes, heard the plate emit a rather strong and clear whistling sound: on looking at the plate more carefully, I noticed a long row of fine streaks parallel and equidistant from one another. Scraping with the chisel over and over again, I noticed that it was only when the plate emitted this hissing noise that any marks were left upon it; when the scraping was not accompanied by this sibilant note there was not the least trace of such marks. 

On July 8, 1680, Robert Hooke was able to see the nodal patterns associated with the modes of vibration of glass plates as he ran a bow along the edge of a glass plate covered with flour, and saw the nodal patterns emerge. In 1787, Ernst Chladni repeated the work of Robert Hooke and published “Entdeckungen über die Theorie des Klanges” (“Discoveries in the Theory of Sound”). In this book, Chladni describes the patterns seen by placing sand on metal plates which are made to vibrate by stroking the edge of the plate with a bow. Throughout the 1960s, up until his death in 1972, Swiss medical doctor and Anthroposophist, Hans Jenny took a methodological and exhaustive approach to documenting Cymatic phenomena. He coined the term “Cymatics” in his 1967 book, Kymatik (translated Cymatics).

Inspired by systems theory and the work of Ernst Chladni, Jenny delved deeply into the many types of periodic phenomena but especially the visual display of sound. He pioneered the use of laboratory grown piezoelectric crystals, which were quite costly at that time. Hooking them up to amplifiers and frequency generators, the crystals functioned as transducers, converting the frequencies into vibrations that were strong enough to set the steel plates into resonance. He made the resultant nodal fields visible by spreading a fine powder lycopodium spores of a club moss, as well as many other methods and materials. He documented much of his work in still photos which were compiled into two volumes published in 1967 and 1972, and republished in 2001 as a single hardcover edition. He also documented his experiments in 16mm films which have since been re-released on a DVD entitled Cymatic SoundScapes: Bringing Matter to Life with Sound.

Alexander Lauterwasser (born 1951, Überlingen), a German researcher and photographer based his work on work done by Ernst Chladni and Hans Jenny in the field of Cymatics and published his book Wasser Klang Bilder (Water Sound Images) in 2002. The 176 page book  features imagery of water surfaces set into motion by sound sources ranging from pure sine waves to music by Ludwig van Beethoven, Karlheinz Stockhausen and even overtone chanting. The english version of the book is available in the US through MACROmedia Publishing. Also available there are videos which incorporate and expound on the original footage of Dr. Hans Jenny’s experiments, as seen below.


Following please see what sound does to matter…and again, imagine what sound can do to your body on a cellular level....