the CymaGlyphs of John Stuart Reid

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The Cymascope is a new type of scientific instrument that makes sound visible by converting vibrations of sound to vibrations in water.

The resulting images are both scientifically intriguing and artistically beautiful, leaving a lasting impression of an unseen world.

John Stuart Reid (b. 1948) is an English acoustics engineer, scientist and inventor. He has studied the world of sound for over 30 years and speaks extensively on his research findings to audiences throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. Co-inventor of the CymaScope, John’s work is inspired by acoustic pioneers, Ernst Chladni, Mary D. Waller and Hans Jenny and has taken their findings to a new level. His primary interests lie in investigating sound as a formative force and discovering why sound heals.

The CymaScope represents the first scientific instrument that can give us a visual image of sound and vibration – a cymatic image – helping us to understand our world and universe in ways previously hidden from view. The CymaScope holds the same potential for advancement as the microscope and telescope and its applications are on the brink of touching every aspect of human endeavor.