The Science of the Future
Is there a connection between sound, vibrations and physical reality? Do sound and vibrations have the potential to create? In this article we will see what various researchers in this field, which has been given the name of Cymatics, have concluded.
By Peter Pettersson, translation Yarrow Cleaves
In 1787, the jurist, musician and physicist Ernst Chladni published Entdeckungen über die Theorie des Klanges or Discoveries Concerning the Theory of Music. In this and other pioneering works, Chladni, who was born in 1756, the same year as Mozart, and died in 1829, the same year as Beethoven, laid the foundations for that discipline within physics that came to be called acoustics, the science of sound. Among Chladni´s successes was finding a way to make visible what sound waves generate. With the help of a violin bow which he drew perpendicularly across the edge of flat plates covered with sand, he produced those patterns and shapes which today go by the term Chladni figures. (see left) What was the significance of this discovery? Chladni demonstrated once and for all that sound actually does affect physical matter and that it has the quality of creating geometric patterns.
In 1815 the American mathematician Nathaniel Bowditch
began studying the patterns created by the intersection of two sine curves
whose axes are perpendicular to each other, sometimes called Bowditch curves
but more often
(see below right) This after the French mathematician Jules-Antoine
Lissajous, who, independently of Bowditch, investigated them in 1857-58.
Both concluded that the condition for these designs to arise was that the
frequencies, or oscillations per second, of both curves stood in simple
whole-number ratios to each other, such as 1:1, 1:2, 1:3, and so on.
In 1967, the late Hans Jenny, a Swiss doctor, artist,
and researcher, published the bilingual book
Kymatik -Wellen und Schwingungen
mit ihrer Struktur und Dynamik/ Cymatics - The Structure and Dynamics of
Waves and Vibrations.
In this book Jenny, like Chladni two hundred years earlier, showed what
happens when one takes various materials like sand, spores, iron filings,
water, and viscous substances, and places them on vibrating metal plates
and membranes. What then appears are shapes and motion- patterns which
vary from the nearly perfectly ordered and stationary to those that are
turbulently developing, organic, and constantly in motion.
The Creative Vibration
What did Hans Jenny find in his investigations?
In the beginning of
Hans Jenny says the
"In the living as well as non-living parts of nature, the
trained eye encounters wide-spread evidence of periodic systems. These
systems points to a continuous transformation from the one set condition
to the opposite set."
is saying that we see everywhere examples of vibrations, oscillations,
pulses, wave motions, pendulum motions, rhythmic courses of events, serial
sequences, and their effects and actions. Throughout the book Jenny emphasises
his conception that these phenomena and processes not be taken merely as
subjects for mental analysis and theorizing. Only by trying to
phenomena through empirical and systematic investigation can we
create mental structures capably of casting light on ultimate reality.
asks that we not
"mix ourselves in with the phenomenon"
pay attention to it and allow it to lead us to the inherent and essential.
He means that even the purest philosophical theory is nevertheless incapable
of grasping the true existence and reality of it in full measure.
In the closing chapter of the book
sums up these phenomena in a three-part unity. The fundamental and generative
power is in the vibration which, with its periodicity, sustains phenomena
with its two poles. At one pole we have form, the figurative pattern. At
the other is motion, the dynamic process.
These three fields - vibration and periodicity as the ground field, and
form and motion as the two poles - constitute an indivisible whole, Jenny
says, even though one can dominate sometimes. Does this trinity have something
within science that corresponds? Yes, according to John Beaulieu, American
polarity and music therapist. In his book
Music and Sound in the Healing
he draws a comparison between his own three-part structure, which
in many respects resembles Jenny´s, and the conclusions researchers
working with subatomic particles have reached.
"There is a similarity
between cymatic pictures and quantum particles. In both cases that which
appears to be a solid form is also a wave. They are both created and
organized by the principle of pulse (Read:principle of vibration). This
is the great mystery with sound: there is no solidity! A form that appears
solid is actually created by a underlying vibration."
(4) In an attempt
to explain the unity in this dualism between wave and form, physics developed
the quantum field theory, in which the quantum field, or in our terminology,
the vibration, is understood as the one true reality, and the particle
or form, and the wave or motion, are only two polar manifestations of the
one reality, vibration, says Beaulieu.
The quotes from Hans Jenny´s
is not exactly as they appear in the book. The reason
for this is that the author of the article doesn't have access to
the book in question for the moment, but he´s working on it. Although
the overall spirit and meaning of the quotes is accurate the responsibility
lies totally on the author.
This Cymantic's article is from ALPHAOMEGA. Visit their web site for other interesting articles. - Mystical Sun