“Nothing tends so much to the advancement of knowledge as the application of a new instrument.” Sir Humphry Davy (Michael Faraday’s mentor)

Q: What is Cymatics?

A: Cymatics is the science of sound made visible.

It is based on the principle that when sound encounters a membrane such as your skin or the surface of water, it imprints an invisible pattern of acoustic energy.


Q. What is the origin of the word Cymatics?

A: Cymatics is the name coined by Hans Jenny (1904-1972), a Swiss physician and natural scientist, to describe visible sound. Considered the father of cymatics, he laid important foundations for this emergent science. Jeff Volk of Macromedia Publishing has single-handedly championed Hans Jenny and republished Jenny’s 1970’s book “Cymatics: A Study of Wave Phenomena.”


Q: How are cymatic images created?

A: Sound vibrations imprint geometric patterns of energy on a surface, such as a plate, membrane, or diaphragm, even on your skin or the surface of a raindrop or the surface membrane of your cells. Each sound creates a unique pattern but such patterns are usually invisible to unaided eye.


Q: What is a CymaScope?

A: Developed by John Stuart Reid, in the UK, the CymaScope is a calibrated scientific instrument that reveals the geometry within sound. Just as the telescope and telescope opened new realms, the CymaScope reveals the hidden realm of sound. When sound meets a membrane it imprints a geometric sound pattern known as a CymaGlyph. The CymaScope instrument imprints sound onto the surface and sub-surface of pure, medical-grade water, organising all of the water molecules in a small fraction of a second. Each CymaGlyph is unique, mainly determined by the frequencies in the sound and the diameter of the CymaScope instrument’s fused-quartz cuvette.


Q: What does a CymaScope do?

A: A CymaScope makes sound visible.


Q: How does the CymaScope make sound visible?

A: When sound meets a membrane it imprints a geometric pattern. The CymaScope imprints sound on the surface tension of water. Each pattern is unique, determined by the nature of the sound and other factors such as the tension and nature of the membrane. The patterns are usually invisible to the unaided eye but the CymaScope uses special lighting techniques to make them visible.


Q: Is it a vibration causing the pattern or sound causing the pattern?

A: It is a vibration that causes the pattern. Sound is an air-borne phenomenon but when sound enters a denser medium, such as a membrane, it becomes a vibration in that medium. A vibration can be thought of as a mechanical movement of a membrane.


Q: What is the purpose of a CymaScope?

A: CymaScope is an instrument used for the visual study a wide range of sounds, for example, of human sounds, sounds of cells, animal sounds, bird sounds, sounds of sea creatures, sounds from space and musical instrument sounds. A CymaScope can also be used to study linguistics.


Q: Do sound waves create the cymatic patterns?

A:  The term “sound wave” is a misnomer since all audible sounds are bubble-shaped. If we could see sound with our eyes, we would not see waves, as is commonly believed, but beautiful holographic bubbles, each with a shimmering kaleidoscopic-like pattern on its surface.
See our physics section for more information.


Q: How are cymatic images captured?

A: Cymatic images, sometimes called CymaGlyphs, are captured using a conventional digital camera or camcorder, as they appear on the surface of pure water.. We use monochromatic light as the disclosing medium. See this beautiful example of the music of Anders Holte and Cacina Meadu made visible. Please select “HD” for optimum viewing pleasure:



Q: What software is used to create CymaGlyphs from the CymaScope?

A: The CymaScope is an analog instrument and doesn’t use software.


Q: Is there a CymaScope available for public viewing?

A: A CymaScope went on display in 2007 at the !Explora! Museum in Albuquerque, USA, where museum visitors can experience seeing their own voice, along with other sounds. All other CymaScopes are currently in private use.


Q: What does the future of Cymatics hold?

A: Sound lies at the heart of every aspect of Nature, underpinning all of Creation. The new science of visual sound—cymatics—will, in the future, enable humanity to understand far more about our world and Universe than we ever could with conventional instrumentation. That is why the CymaScope, and the science of cymatics, is so important. Dr. Emoto demonstrated the effect that sound can have on water and since our body is comprised mainly of water it is clear that the sound environment is important to our health.

We predict that cymatics will become an important tool for the study of disease, via sonocytology, and as a therapy for disease support.


Q: What are some of the practical applications of cymatics?

A: Applications of cymatics are beginning to emerge for almost every aspect of human endeavour, from asteroseismology—the study of the sonic signatures of stars—to zoology, the study of animal sounds—and a wide range of other scientific disciplines highlighted on our website.


Q. How can cymatics assist with Dolphin communication?

A: Sonic Age America, in collaboration with Jack Kassewitz in Florida, is beginning to decipher dolphin language by building a lexicon of dolphin picture words. Dolphins can see with sound and when they echolocate on an object we can record the reflections and image them on the CymaScope.

Q: What is the link between cymatics and the Great Pyramid?

A: In 1996 English acoustics engineer John Stuart Reid experienced the extraordinary resonant qualities of the granite sarcophagus in the King’s Chamber in the Great Pyramid of Giza. He concluded that the Egyptians may have employed acoustics principles to design the King’s Chamber and its sarcophagus as part of a resurrection ritual. In his search for a scientific tool to explore the inherent resonances of the sarcophagus he came across cymatics, a method that would visually reveal the resonances. He returned to the pyramid in 1997 to conduct a series of cymatics experiments that proved to be highly successful. See our Egyptology section for more information.


Q: What is your research ethos?

A: John says he sometimes feel like a child treading on new fallen snow–walking a path where no one has been before—“every day in the lab we see sounds that have never been seen before. It is a great privilege to assist in the emergence of a new frontier in research—to be part of scientific history in the making. Cymatics is an enormously exciting new field of science”. The new science of visual sound—cymatics—will, in the future, enable humanity to understand far more about our world and Universe than we ever could conventional instrumentation. The CymaScope, and the science of cymatics provides an important new aspect of future scientific research. A hugely exciting journey of exploration lies before us with the CymaScope, creating benefits for our children and our children’s children.


Q: What is the relationship between Sonic Age America LLC and Sonic Age Ltd (UK)?

A: Sonic Age Ltd is a UK-based research organisation, who founded Sonic Age America LLC to assist in the marketing of CymaScope products. 

All sales from the soundmadevisible.com shop are routed through Sonic Age America, to help support our ongoing research.


Q: Why would I need a CymaScope?

A: To assist in your chosen field of study or for the joy of seeing your favorite music made visible.


Q: Does the CymaScope have healing qualities?

A: The CymaScope instrument is not a therapeutic device but CymaGlyphs do have therapeutic benefits because a CymaGlyph is a model of the sound frequency (or frequencies) that created the geometry, therefore, if those sounds have healing properties, it is probable that the CymaGlyph does too. When light illuminates the CymaGlyph the infrared component becomes modulated by the geometry and then reflects into the room, bathing the observer in infrared modulations that penetrate deeply into flesh. As cell-to-cell communication occurs mainly in the infrared spectrum it is likely that cells gain beneficial  frequencies by this biological mechanism.


Q: Is the CymaScope patented?

A: CymaScope technology is patented in several countries. 

The words “CymaScope”, “CymaGlyph”, “CymaArt”, “soundmadevisible” and “musicmadevisible” are registered trade marks.


Q: Can I order a CymaGlyph of any type of sound?

A: We offer an accessibly priced laboratory service for imaging any sound. Celebrate the spirit of your dog, cat or baby. Or have your favorite music made visible. See more at SoundMadeVisible 


Q: Can you image sounds for scientific research projects? 

A: We offer an accessibly priced laboratory service for imaging any sound. Please ask for a quotation on our Contact page – click here


Q: What is a DNA Voice Signature?

A: A DNA Voice Signature is your voice made visible. Your DNA is not only responsible for the color of your hair and eyes and your unique face, it is also responsible for the unique geometry of your voice. Now, your voice can be made visible, encompassing your personal frequencies, directly reflecting your body chemistry. Just as your voice is unique to you, so too is your DNA Voice Signature. No two DNA Voice Signatures can be the same.


Q: Can I combine two peoples DNA Voice Signatures on the same image?

A: Yes! Our “Double” DNA Voice Signature can combine the voice signatures of two people. Perfect for a couple. This product is available at:



Q: Is each Voice Mandala truly unique?

A: Absolutely. The technique we employ would result in a different cymatic image for every individual in the world. No two can ever be the same. That’s one of the beauties of your Voice Mandala, it’s unique to you.


Q: Can I choose a color and size of my DNA Voice Signature?

A: Yes. We have many options to allow you to express your personality while matching your décor! We have 24 unique color options. Be creative. All the choices are visible in our online store. https://soundmadevisible.com/dna-voice-signa