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Cymatics - 12 Piano notes made visible for the first time

12 Piano notes made visible for the first time

Shannon Novak, a New Zealand-born fine artist, commissioned us to image 12 piano notes as inspiration for a series of 12 musical canvases. We decided to image the notes in video mode because when we observed the ‘A1′ note we discovered, surprisingly, that the energy envelope changes over time as the string’s harmonics mix in the piano’s wooden bridge. Instead of the envelope being fairly stable, as we had imagined, the harmonics actually cause the CymaGlyphs to be wonderfully dynamic. Our ears can easily detect the changes in the harmonics and the CymaScope now reveals them–probably a first in acoustic physics.

Capturing the dynamics was only possible with HD video but taming the dynamics of the piano’s first strike, followed by the short plateau and long decay phase, was tricky. We achieved the result with the help of a professional audio compressor operating in real time.

Shannon was delighted with the results. He commented:

“I have always been fascinated with the translation of that which is invisible, into something visible that individuals can relate to, in particular, the representation of sound through colour and geometric form. I saw the use of cymatic technology as one method of such representation and a unique and compelling way of educating individuals about the link between sound, colour, and geometric form”.

Piano notes made visible on the CymaScope

For the first time in history individual piano notes have been made visible using the CymaScope instrument. The piano notes were painstakingly recorded by Evy King and then fed into the CymaScope one by one and the results recorded in high definition video.

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Comment by WillWillWill on January 25, 2013 at 8:03am


What are your thoughts?

C at 261.626 Hertz is close to 261.8034 which is a factor of 10 of the golden ratio squared. I have heard to Goebbels is in part responsible for the standard 440 hertz.  I know Jose Arguelles saw 441 as a key synchronization number ad is 21 squared

440/261.626 = 1.6179, very close to golden ratio..  432/256 is 1.6875 is further off.

Comment by Sunmover on January 24, 2013 at 9:12am

(I'm not sure why the embed code isn't able to be added to this comment for this video)

Fibonacci sequence in music

Comment by Sunmover on January 24, 2013 at 9:09am

Musical scales are based on Fibonacci numbers

Piano keyboard showing that even music is based on the Fibonacci seriesThe Fibonacci series appears in the foundation of aspects of art, beauty and life. Even music has a foundation in the series, as:

There are 13 notes in the span of any note through its octave.
A scale is composed of 8 notes, of which the
5th and 3rd notes create the basic foundation of all chords, and
are based on whole tone which is 2 steps from the root tone, that is the 1st note of the scale.

Note too how the piano keyboard scale of C to C above of 13 keys has 8 white keys and 5 black keys, split into groups of 3 and 2.While some might “note” that there are only 12 “notes” in the scale, if you don’t have a root and octave, a start and an end, you have no means of calculating the gradations in between, so this 13th note as the octave is essential to computing the frequencies of the other notes. The word “octave” comes from the Latin word for 8, referring to the eight whole tones of the complete musical scale, which in the key of C are C-D-E-F-G-A-B-C.

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Also: Fibonacci Sequence in Music - Bence Peter

Comment by WillWillWill on January 24, 2013 at 9:05am

I believe that cymatics is the basis of our ever evolving reality. Rupert Shelldrake's concepts of morphogenic fields, describes a resonance of thoughts, ideas, forms and actions in humans and animals on earth. Expand this idea to the planets of our solar system, our local star group and the galaxy and we can see that energies/ideas infuse our world in varying intensities and frequencies over the course of time, causing the ages to change and vary with emphasis on different archetypes over time.

The changes are happening now. We can see it all around us. The light of knowledge is spreading and can not be contained.  

Comment by Sunmover on January 24, 2013 at 7:42am

Lots of info on this link;

Cymatics is the study of sound and vibration made visible, typically on the surface of a plate, diaphragm or membrane. Direct ocular viewing of vibrations involves exciting inorganic matter such as particulate matter, pastes (both magnetic and non magnetic) and liquids under the influence of sound, although recent research has extended the range of media to include organic matter 1 and the range of viewing has been extended to include the light microscope.2

The generic term for this field of science is the study of 'modal phenomena, named '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 has on matter.

The apparatus employed can be simple, such as a Chladni Plate (a flat brass plate excited by a violin bow) or advanced such as the CymaScope, a laboratory instrument co-invented by English acoustics engineer, John Stuart Reid and American design engineer, Erik Larson, that makes visible the inherent geometries within sound and music.

Comment by Sunmover on January 24, 2013 at 7:17am

Earthquake art.

When a magnitude 6.8 earthquake shook Olympia, Wash., in 2001, shopowner Jason Ward discovered that a sand-tracing pendulum had recorded the vibrations in the image above.
Seismologists say that the “flower” at the center reflects the higher-frequency waves that arrived first; the outer, larger-amplitude oscillations record the lower-frequency waves that arrived later.
“You never think about an earthquake as being artistic — it’s violent and destructive,” Norman MacLeod, president of Gaelic Wolf Consulting in Port Townsend, told ABC News. “But in the middle of all that chaos, this fine, delicate artwork was created.”

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