What is Cymatics: Sound made Visible

What is Cymatics: Sound made Visible

Cymatics is the study of visible sound and vibration patterns and a subset of modal vibrational phenomena. As Collins dictionary says: the study of wave phenomena, esp sound, and their visual representations.

It explores how sound waves interact with different materials to create geometric patterns and shapes. The term “cymatics” was coined by the Swiss physician and natural scientist Hans Jenny in the 1960s, derived from the Greek word “kyma,” meaning “wave.” Or simply put it makes sound visible or better say it makes vibrations visible and each frequency of vibration has its own visible pattern.


The basic principle of cymatics is that when sound waves pass through a medium, such as water, sand, or a metal plate, they create distinct patterns that can be seen and studied. These patterns are formed due to the vibrations caused by the sound waves, which cause the medium to move in specific ways.

One of the earliest references even though both Darwin and da Vinci mention the change of patterns in dust when “hitting” it with a vibration to cymatics can be traced back to the work of Ernst Chladni, an 18th-century German physicist and musician. Chladni conducted experiments using a metal plate covered with a thin layer of sand. By drawing a bow along the edge of the plate, he caused it to vibrate, and the sand rearranged itself into intricate geometric patterns, known as Chladni figures. Chladni’s work demonstrated the visual representation of sound and laid the foundation for further exploration in the field of cymatics.

Hans Jenny expanded upon Chladni’s experiments and conducted extensive research on cymatics. In the 1960s, he published a book called “Cymatics: A Study of Wave Phenomena and Vibration,” which documented his findings. Jenny used various materials, including fluids, powders, and pastes, to visualize the effects of different sound frequencies and amplitudes on the medium.

To make sound visible most of the time there are two different kind of devices used. One the Chladni plate which is a metal plate with “dust” on it or a device that is essentially a bowl of water on top of a speaker with a camera. Especially with the last one the most beautiful images of specific frequencies are captured.


What is interesting is that when pure frequencies are played, the material used forms the most beautiful shapes that are based in geometry and can resemble nature, flowers and ancient symbols and patterns. Besides the the some what mystery that something (sound) invisible to the eye can become visible it is also this “beauty” and harmony effect that draws people into the study of cymatics.

The common theory behind a lot of sound healing practices comes from the fact that if pure frequencies form beautiful figures in water and create harmony it will therefor have a similar effect on our body and the planet. The same deduction explains why disorganised frequencies can make us feel uncomfortable.


An interesting addition on this topic and on how vibration becomes visible is the work of Japanese scientist Masaru Emoto where he shows the influence of our thoughts, words and feelings on molecules of water. Using high-speed photography, Dr. Masaru Emoto discovered that crystals formed in frozen water reveal changes when specific, concentrated thoughts and words are directed toward them. He found that water from clear springs and water that has been exposed to loving words shows brilliant, complex, and colourful snowflake patterns. In contrast, polluted water, or water exposed to negative thoughts, forms incomplete, asymmetrical patterns with dull colours.

The name Flower of Sound

The name Flower of Sound is inspired by Cymatics and the beautiful flower shapes sound can make. As Flower of Sound we want to let you experience the power of sound.

The books to read for more information about Cymatics:

  1. Jenny, H. (2001). Cymatics: A Study of Wave Phenomena and Vibration. Macromedia Press. You can read the book here: https://archive.org/details/hans-jenny-cymatics/page/113/mode/2up
  2. Chladni, E. F. F. (1787). Entdeckungen über die Theorie des Klanges. Breitkopf und Härtel. You can read the book here https://archive.org/details/entdeckungenuber00chla
  3. Masaru Emoto The Hidden Messages in Water This one you can order on all online bookshops

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The hidden meaning behind the hexagon

The hidden meaning behind the hexagon

The hexagon is one of the building blocks of nature, representing many frequencies. It’s a geometric shape that is integrated in a lot of sacred geometry shapes. At Flower of Sound, we are very inspired by the hexagon — we have embedded it everywhere from our logo, to the lights we use in our immersive sound shows.

Hexagons are the building blocks of life

A hexagon has six equal sides and is one of the building blocks of life and one of the principal governing patterns dominant in the natural world.. From honeycombs to the center of snowflakes, the hexagon is everywhere. When placed under a horoscope these objects reveal one of the most efficient “tile” shapes to build, as discovered in 1999 by Thomas Hales.

Hexagons are everywhere

When used to build, hexagons minimize the amount of material needed, and which is why honeybees build in hexagons. It is also at the molecular core of water and therefore also in each of us, as we are made of at least 70% water. When hydrogen molecules freeze and bond, they form hexagons (ie – the center of a snowflake). The hexagon is also found in the structure of DNA — it forms the chains that produce the double-helix macromolecule.

Hexagons as sacred symbols

You can find the hexagon in many ancient symbols. In sacred geometry and ancient sagas the hexagon represents the potential for life. It is found in sacred shapes like the Flower of Life, which is seen in ancient architecture around the world. Because of its two interlocking triangles, the hexagon as a symbol often stands for harmony and balance and also male and female energy . When you draw a six pointed star the points form together as a hexagon. This can beautifully seen in Dr. Masaru Emoto’s videos showing the crystallization of water reacting to pure tones, images and therefore frequencies.

Hexagons and Flower of Sound

In our search for scientific validation for our frequencies, we found that certain shapes correspond with the frequencies we most often use. For example, Pythagoras is widely known for using frequencies to explain mathematics. One of the shapes that inspired us the most is the hexagon and we incorporate it into pretty much all of our designs. It’s such an essential shape and building block of life – it’s in water, honeycombs, cymatics, and even the feel-good chemical Dopamine — and it is at the core of who we are as well.

The power of 3 in our compositions

According to Tesla and Pythagoras the essential numbers in the universe are 3, 6 and 9. If you use Pythagoras’ theorem in the Solfeggio frequencies they all add up to 3, 6 or 9. In all of nature, these three numbers keep coming back. 396 – 9 417 – 3 528 – 6 639 – 9 741 – 3 852 – 6 963 – 9 The common denominator of all these numbers is the number 3. This is one of the reasons why we compose our pure tone music using three frequency layers into one.

  1. The first layer is a low base tone, or a slow sound wave, is derived from the original tone.
  2. Then, we layer in the original frequency.
  3. And finally, we layer in the surrounding ambient sound, based on the even harmonic. This way our compositions are more effective, stay pure and are easier on the ear.

There are no extra keyboard tracks, instruments or music added to our compositions, to further retain the purity of the sound. We do use different sound healing techniques, such as the use of harmonics, to make our frequencies more effective.

Fun facts about hexagons

On Saturn’s north pole, there’s an enduring cloud formation in the shape of a hexagon. The total size is bigger than Earth. In California there’s something known as the Devils Postpile. Less than 100,000 years ago, a lava flow spawned these odd structures. These structures are basalt columns in the shape of hexagons. As it turns out, a 120-degree crack releases the most tension. And 120 degrees is a hexagon’s interior angle. We represent organic compounds with hexagons. Most organic compounds have carbon backbones, as carbon is superabundant and bonds well with other elements. When one carbon atom bonds with another carbon atom, the bond angle is less 120 degrees. But when six carbon atoms bond — due to electron pair repulsion — it’s an even 120. As a result, six bonded carbons — benzene — make a perfect hexagon, also known as a benzene ring. The hexagon is rooted in the number 3 in many ways and ancient philosophers were intrigued by the interaction between 2 and 3 . They symbolized it by the image of a “marriage” as 2 is even/female, 3 is uneven/male to show that the hexagon functions as a stable foundation of which the two components support each other mutually. The hexagon was used as a symbol to convey the spiritual attainment of an individual on the mummified body in Egypt and it is still used by trines and communities today to refer to the same notion.

The Power of Affirmations

The Power of Affirmations

Humans do a lot of self-talk. The constant chatter in our minds is constant. From “oh, I should not forget to buy this” or “my meeting did not go well”, “why am I am so forgetful?” to “I should have said that.” Underneath the obvious voice lie limiting beliefs about ourselves.

Most of us have this inner dialogue. All this self-talk are basically affirmations as they affirm what we experience, see or believe. When starting to talk differently to ourselves, in a more positive way — and as a result, affirming the positive — then also start to act from this place and can experience greater happiness, clarity and well-being. This is the power of thoughts. Lots of books have been written about the power of our thoughts, and there is plenty of science-backed research showing the power of the mind.

What is a typical affirmation?

A typical affirmation is a sentence that starts with “I…”, followed by something you want to confirm and affirm in yourself to either induce a positive way of living or avoid negative situations from happening again. You can make yourself stronger with affirmations. Affirmations become more powerful the more they are repeated. The repetition engrains the affirmation in thoughts, mind and then finally, in behavior.

There are many ways that integrate affirmations in our lives — from repeating them throughout the day, making an affirmation of your computer login password, or hanging a poster on the wall.

Here are some examples of some popular affirmations:
I keep going
I am good enough
I am strong
I am loving and kind
I am worthy
I am successful
I can do this
I am courageous
I am safe
I choose to be happy and healthy
I decide how I feel and will choose for myself

Create your own affirmation, tailored to YOUR life

What limiting beliefs do you have about yourself that you’d like to change? What goals do you have for yourself – in different areas of your life? What specific feelings do you want more of in your life? It can be helpful to take a few minutes to note these down, in a journal and create a daily practice of reading, writing or saying these out loud. IT can be anything you want them to be – and can be long, or short. Often affirmations work with specific themes. They can address how to ground, how to feel the joy for life, how to make decisions, the love and success you want in your live, how to speak your truth and about the connection to others, the earth or even the sky.