Cymatic Music: Can We See What We Hear?

Interested in hidden patterns and sacred geometry? You might like this.
Musician John Telfer explores the phenomena of cymatic music in this short but fascinating feature.

4 Comments on "Cymatic Music: Can We See What We Hear?"

  1. TheCuriousOne | Dec 26, 2012 at 9:35 pm |

    This is amazing! 🙂

  2. Very cool! I just got done reading a great book on the power/mystical properties of sound and music (in application and throughout history) by a professor named Joscelyn Godwin:

    Harmonies of Heaven and Earth: Mysticism in Music from Antiquity to the Avant-Garde

    The guy seriously knows his stuff (the Lambdoma from the video is also featured in the book at one point…you get its background and everything). Highly recommended read. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention my favorite book on Sacred Geometry in general:

    A Beginner’s Guide to Constructing the Universe: Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art, and Science—

    It’s available in full at that link (but is more than worth the purchase).

  3. Alan Morse Davies | Dec 28, 2012 at 4:12 pm |

    Utter bullshit.

    The patterns seen in the videos are amazing but the connection to the finished music/video is extremely tenuous at best. So these patterns in nature determine that we should use Bach’s tuning and crappy new age textures for the instruments?

    He’s shown a video of something amazing and then delivered music which is not, claiming to connect the two.

    This is snake oil and I absolutely hate it.

    Charles Dodge made recordings of the Earth’s magnetic field in the early 70s and turned it into an album that was glorious in its alien beauty.

    This “cymatic” music makes the physics of our universe seem as mundane as eating a Fillet-O-Fish.

    Boo! I’m a composer so I’m allowed to be especially annoyed. Charlatan! Disingenuous arsehole!

    Fuck “cymatic” music but at least he’s not asking for recruits, just selling his shtick. He seems to have no plans to elevate this to a religion, for now.

    Revealing, no. Surprising, no. Boundary altering, no.

    Music is better and has much greater potential than this tawdry musical equivalent of a Home Shopping TV spot.

  4. Alan Morse Davies | Dec 28, 2012 at 4:26 pm |

    I am not dismissing the potential of music, just calling bullshit when I hear it and right now it’s louder than a foghorn in the face of a newborn child.

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